Copenhagen high on quality of life for expats

Published:  5 Mar at 6 PM
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Although Copenhagen is among the world’s most expensive cities, it also offers one of the highest qualities of life – if you can afford it of course.

Not long after The Economist ranked it as the eight expensive city to live in in the world, it has been named as the ninth best to live in.

The latest Mercer quality of life survey was dominated by European cities, with the Austrian capital Vienna topping the list followed by Zurich in Switzerland. Meanwhile, German cities Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg claimed the fourth, sixth and seventh positions respectively. Auckland was third and Vancouver fifth.

Copenhagen, which was named as Monocle Magazine’s Most Livable City in 2013 and 2014, finished well ahead of other Nordic cities such as Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo (19th, 31st and 32 respectively), while Denmark was recently ranked second in the world in terms of attracting, developing and retaining personnel for companies.

Mercer’s research is aimed at helping multi-national businesses work out how to compensate employees when they are sent on international assignments or are relocated semi-permanently.

The yearly-produced survey studies living conditions in over 440 cities across the globe taking into account factors such as economic environment, medical and health considerations, political and social environment, transportation and public services, socio-cultural environment, housing, natural environment, consumer goods, recreation and schools and education.

Critics, however, claim that the data is skewed as it tends to apply to expats in high positions on high salaries, which would naturally mean expensive cities such as Copenhagen offer a good quality of life.
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