Armenia’s capital Yerevan is ahead of Tbilisi (Georgia) and Baku (Azerbaijan) in 2019 Quality of Living Index issued by Mercer.
Yerevan is ranked 170th among 231 cities; Tbilisi and Baku are placed 187th and 195th respectfully. Russia’s capital Moscow is slightly ahead at 167th.
Vienna tops the ranking for the 10th year running, closely followed by Zurich, the runner-up.
This year the joint third place went to Vancouver (Canada), Auckland (Australia) and Munich (Germany).
The factors evaluated in Mercer’s Quality of Living Report include recreation, housing, economic environment, consumer goods opportunity, public services and transport, political and social environment, natural environment, socio-cultural environment, school and education, medical and health considerations.
This year, Mercer provides a separate ranking on personal safety, which analyses cities’ internal stability; crime levels; law enforcement; limitations on personal freedom; relationships with other countries and freedom of the press.
Personal safety is the cornerstone of stability in any city, without which business and talent cannot thrive. This year, Western Europe dominates the rankings, with Luxembourg named as the safest city in the world, followed by Helsinki and the Swiss cities of Basel, Bern and Zurich in joint second.
According to Mercer’s 2019 personal safety ranking, Damascus ranked bottom in 231st place and Bangui in the Central African Republic scored second lowest in 230th place.