Zurich Has Highest Quality of Living in the World

Zurich Has Highest Quality of Living in the World

Zurich Wins Mercer Award for the Sixth Consecutive Time, the Greater Zurich Area AG Announced Today

ZURICH, Switzerland — Zurich has again been named the city with the highest quality of living in the world, a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting has revealed today. The center of the Greater Zurich Area, the leading economic region of Switzerland, was declared the winner for the sixth consecutive time. With a score of 108.1 Zurich outdid its closest rival Geneva.

Mercer’s yearly worldwide quality of living survey evaluates 215 cities on 39 criteria including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport, and other public services. Each city is awarded a score according to how far the quality of life available exceeds or falls behind New York, which is the base city at 100. The survey helps governments and multinational companies to choose relocation destinations and place employees on international assignments.

“The importance of quality of life as a decisive factor for company expansions and relocations has steadily increased in recent years,” said Sonja Wollkopf, Chief Operations Officer of the Greater Zurich Area AG. “To have bested the greatest cities in the world six times in a row is an incredible achievement and underlines the competitiveness of Zurich and the Greater Zurich Area as a business location and place to live.”

About the Greater Zurich Area AG

The Greater Zurich Area AG, a nonprofit organization, is the marketing association for the Greater Zurich Area business region. It recruits international companies abroad and assists them with setting up companies and making investments in the Greater Zurich Area. Its sponsor is the “Stiftung Greater Zurich Area Standortmarketing,” a public-private partnership that was established in November 1998. Since that time, its membership has grown to include the cantons of Aargau, Glarus, Graubunden, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn and Zurich, the cities of Zurich and Winterthur, and several businesses.

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