Tuesday, 18 September 2012


"Quality of Living, for the purposes Mercer’s survey, analysis, and city rankings, differs fromquality of life.” Quality of life may involve a subjective assessment or opinion about one’s personal state and circumstances in a given city, but Mercer’s criteria for Quality of Living are objective, neutral and unbiased. Our objective system measures the quality of living for expatriates based on 39 criteria grouped into 10 key categories. We weigh each category to reflect its importance for overall quality of living. We assess the degree to which expatriates enjoy the standard of living in each host location, factoring in the interaction of political, socio-economic and environmental factors in the host location.

For Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings, New York serves as the base city. All other cities are ranked in relation to it.

This table shows the categories and criteria that Mercer quantifies for each city:

Political and Social Environment
  • Relationship with other Countries
  • Internal Stability
  • Crime
  • Law Enforcement
  • Ease of Entry and Exit

Economic Environment
  • Currency Exchange Regulations
  • Banking Services

Socio-Cultural Environment
  • Limitation on Personal Freedom
  • Media and Censorship
Medical and Health Considerations
  • Hospital Services
  • Medical Supplies
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Water Potability
  • Sewage
  • Waste removal
  • Air Pollution
  • Troublesome and Destructive
    Animals and Insects

Schools and Education
  • Schools
Natural Environment
  • Climate
  • Record of Natural
Public Services and Transport
  • Electricity
  • Water Availability
  • Telephone
  • Mail
  • Public Transport
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Airport

  • Variety of Restaurants
  • Theatrical and Musical
  • Cinemas
  • Sport and Leisure Activities
Consumer Goods
  • Meat and Fish
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Daily Consumption Items
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Automobiles

  • Housing
  • Household Appliances
    and Furniture
  • Household Maintenance
    and Repair
" Source : www.mercer.com 

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