Dit zijn de 20 beste steden ter wereld om in te wonen (Amsterdam scoort goed)

In welke steden is het leven het fijnst? Dat onderzoekt Mercer, een van 's werelds grootste HR-bureaus, elk jaar opnieuw in zijn Quality-of-Living-Index. Het bureau vergelijkt 450 steden op basis van indicatoren als zorg, onderwijs, recreatiemogelijkheden, politieke en economische stabiliteit, huizenprijzen, natuur en publieke voorzieningen. Opvallend: Londen, Parijs en New York komen niet in het lijstje voor. Amsterdam uiteraard wel. En met vijf steden in de top 20 is het in Duitsland kennelijk goed toeven. Dit is de top 20:

1. Wenen, Oostenrijk (voor de zevende keer op rij)

1. Vienna, Austria — This city tops the rankings for the seventh consecutive time. East of the Danube River, Vienna is the seventh-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union and is rich in culture.

2. Zürich, Zwitserland

2. Zurich, Switzerland — The city is known as the country's economic and cultural hub, which regularly tops not just Mercer's list, but others as well for being one of the best places to live in the world.

3. Auckland, Nieuw-Zeeland

3. Auckland, New Zealand — The city is based around two large harbours and nearly tops the list again with its well-balanced economy, idyllic environment, and high levels of personal safety.

4. München, Duitsland

4. Munich, Germany — Munich is Germany's powerhouse and regularly near the top of Mercer's list for having the best quality of life.

5. Vancouver, Canada

5. Vancouver, Canada — The city is among Canada's densest, most ethnically diverse cities, with 52% of its population having a first language that is not English.

6. Düsseldorf, Duitsland

6. Dusseldorf, Germany — The city in western Germany is known for its fashion industry and art scene and nearly tops the list with its good balance of Mercer's 10 analytical measures.

7. Frankfurt, Duitsland

7. Frankfurt, Germany — The commerce-centric city is home to some of the world's most famous trade shows, including the Frankfurt Motor Show.

8. Genève, Zwitserland

8. Geneva, Switzerland — The city is seen a the global centre for diplomacy and is home to some of the richest people in the world. It's incredibly safe and its population is highly educated.

9. Kopenhagen, Denemarken

9. Copenhagen, Denmark — The city was recently dubbed one of the happiest places to live on earth, and it's not hard to see why. Originally a fishing village, Copenhagen has grown into a city with strong urban and cultural development and is famed for its work-life balance.

10. Sydney, Australië

10. Sydney, Australia — The city represents 7% of the country's economy, with finance and financial services the largest employer with 22% of all workers. The natural environment, weather, and growing cultural scene boosts Sydney up the list.

11. Amsterdam, Nederland

11. Amsterdam, Netherlands — It is one of the financial centres of Europe and also famous for its high standard of living. The cosmopolitan city combines modern and urban life with relaxed attitudes toward recreation and leisure.

12. Wellington, Nieuw-Zeeland

12. Wellington, New Zealand — The Kiwi city is high up on the list and has sublime weather. It is the country's political centre and is the second most populous area in New Zealand.

13. Berlijn, Duitsland

13. Berlin, Germany — The country's capital is counted as having an excellent mix of quality of life — with good employment opportunities, a high standard of housing, good personal safety, and tonnes of recreational activities.

14. Bern, Zwitserland

14. Bern, Switzerland — The city is considered by Mercer to be the second safest in the world. It's rich in agriculture as well as traditional industry, and also has a low unemployment rate at 3.3%, making the region attractive to live in. Its growing tech sector is also drawing in new talent.

15. Toronto, Canada

16 (joint). Toronto, Canada — Home to the iconic CN Tower, Toronto is Canada's financial capital. It is also home to some of Canada's five largest banks. It is growing its entertainment scene and hosts the famous Toronto Film Festival every year.

16. Melbourne, Australië

16 (joint). Melbourne, Australia — The coastal capital is considered one of the best places in the world for education, healthcare, research, and development. Its thriving tourism and entertainment sectors also keep the city wealthy.

17. Ottawa, Canada

17. Ottawa, Canada — This city is considered the most educated in Canada with its wealth of post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions. It also has low unemployment and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

18. Hamburg, Duitsland

18. Hamburg, Germany — The major port city in northern Germany is the second largest of its kind in the country. It has become a centre for media and industry and is home to the world's second oldest bank: Berenberg Bank.

19. Luxemburg

20 (joint). Luxembourg — The tiny European country, which borders Belgium, France, and Germany, is incredibly wealthy and violent crime is very low. Some of the wealthiest people in the world bank in the picturesque city-state due to its secretive finance laws.

20. Stockholm, Zweden

20 (joint). Stockholm, Sweden — The capital is considered one of the best places in the world for a good quality of living due to its balance of work, life, safety, and environmental issues.  

Bron(nen):   Business Insider