10 Best Places To Live In 2011 (Quality of Living Index)



5. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada
The amazing city of Vancouver is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. It is a perfect place to live with a well developed and well established infrastructure, brilliant tourism spots, high educational standards and great health care system. The Mercer score of the city is 107.4 . It is the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada. The city has a population of 578,041 and an average life expectancy at birth of 81.16 years . The GDP of Canada is $1.522 trillion .


4. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Standing at #4 is Auckland. There is a tie between Vancouver and Auckland as both the cities have a Mercer score of 107.4 . New Zealand’s most beautiful and biggest city, Auckland has breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, idyllic holiday islands, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife. Auckland has a warm-temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. The city has a population of 1.18 million and an average life expectancy at birth of 80.24 years . GDP of New Zealand is $119.549 billion .


3. Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland is the second most populous city of Switzerland with a  population of 185,958 . The city is catching the attention of more and more people due to it’s wonderful quality of life. It has gained a Mercer score of 107.9 . Geneva is a city of prime importance being a major center of international diplomacy. The city has excellent health care and education system. It is stable politically and economically as the GDP of Switzerland is $491.4 billion .


2. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
The largest city of Switzerland, Zurich is the 2nd best city with a Mercer score of 108.0 . The cities total population is 365,098 . The city has a life expectancy of 80.74 years . GDP of Switzerland is $491.4 billion . Zurich is the financial center of Switzerland and houses the stock exchange and the headquarters of a large number of national and international companies. The city is known as “Portal to the Alps” due to it’s close distance to tourist resorts in the Swiss Alps and its mountainous scenery. The city is also famous for it’s famous watchmakers. It is a beautiful city with an elegant infrastructure, a warm and cozy environment offering a unique mix of discovery, pleasure, nature and culture.


1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria tops the list and stands at #1 as the best place in the world to live with a Mercer score of 108.6 . Vienna is Austria’s primary city, it’s capital. It is its cultural, economic, and political center with a population of about 1.7 million . The city has it’s own unique colors. Vienna experiences 4 season in an year with a mild summer season and a rather windy and rainy winter season. GDP of Austria is $361.791 billion. Vienna has an extensive transportation system and a very reliable health system. The country’s political stability also makes it a place worth living. Life expectancy in Vienna is 79.5 years .

12 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Live In 2011 (Quality of Living Index)

  1. I don´t know about Switzerland (where i am now) but others places are better than here, they are racist with the eu citizen and with the Treaty of Schengen.

    Stupid Swiss.

  2. These countries are all beautiful with beautiful people. Good laws that protect citizens and keep out criminals, excellent services and high quality of living. Bravo to the Germans. Job well done! And without billions of dollars in aid from other countries! A true role model for other nations.

  3. What is the job market for these places? Anyone live in any of these countries/cities and know? I’d like to one day be able to have the option to live and explore other countries than just visit them. Thanks in advance:)

  4. Maybe I am the only AUSTRIAN around. VIENNA!!!!! Problem is that I left the city 15 years ago, never came to terms with that. But it is a beautiful city, the only danger – it is too beautiful – you will get charmed away.

  5. I live in Vienna now. Amazing transportation system, the lowest unemployment rate in Europe 3%, beatiful. I wouldnt say that people look happy here, to me canadians are happier. And as for their policy concerning the immigration it is horrible to get a permission to work here (even though i lived and studied here) if you are not from the EU. Conclusion: nice, clean, very comfortable, taking care of the inhabitants, excellent labour market, comfortable but legally very unfriendly to foreigners. Even German laws are less strickt.

  6. At least on this list they published a correct picture fore Bern, Switzerland. This time Geneva got the Castle of Chillon, which is neither close to Berne not to Geneva really.
    I wonder why Basel, Switzerland didn’t make it on the list. Not that much different from Berne or Zurich.

  7. I am living in switzerland for five years. The country is boring, the people are not really kind. It’s a safe country yet, but the criminality is growing every year. It’s typical for switzerland showing always just a nice side. The wetter is really bad. Cold winter and the summer is short and rainny. I am sure i won’t stay here for the rest of my life. I would prefer Vancouver or Sydney.

  8. Quality of living has no value unless tolerance is taken into consideration. What’s the point of being in beautiful surroundings, and yet the people are cold and unfriendly. The entire list needs to be changed.

  9. Swiss citizen, grew up there- beautiful but the weather isn’t the best – why did nobody choose Hawaii where I live now – for already 17 years – unreal climate and safe!

  10. Having lived in Geneva I am not surprised. The best place to live, beautiful, clean and safe.
    Btw, Chateau de Chillion is not that far from Geneva. One of my favorite places to visit.

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