The capital of Belarus has remained at the bottom of European cities in Mercer’s 2019 Quality of Living ranking.
Same place as one year ago.
Minsk has ranked 188th of 231 cities worldwide – between Georgian Tbilisi (187th) and Djibouti (189th), the capital of the namesake African country.
Belarusian capital retains the worst position of all European cities in Mercer’s ranking.
Among the neighboring capitals, the best-performing is Vilnius that climbed as high as the 81st place. Warsaw is 82nd, Riga 90th, Moscow 167th, and Kiyv 173rd.
Coincidentally or not, all the capitals above had the same positions in 2018 Quality of Living.
The cities with the best quality of living according to Mercer are Vienna (Austria), the world’s leader for a decade, Zurich (Switzerland), Vancouver (Canada), Munich (Germany), and Auckland (New Zealand).
Is it all really that bad?
The position of Minsk in the ranking has varied insignificantly across the years.
Mercer’s researchers analyze living conditions according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories like political and social environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, housing, etc. The ranking is directed at expats, hence the scores attributed to each factor are weighted to reflect their importance to that group of the population.
Moreover, less than half of the factors form 2/3 of the city’s total score. So, for example, Minsk may have a good indicator in housing, but a bad mark when it comes to personal freedom, relationships with other countries and freedom of the press.
Mercer also notes that, for example, the presence of an international airport with the possibility to quickly fly to the maximum number of destinations, international schools or a certain acceptable level of environmental pollution plays a role in the ranking.
“The security of the individual is informed by a wide range of factors and is constantly in flux, as the circumstances and conditions in cities and countries change year over year.
These factors are crucial for multinationals to consider when sending employees abroad,” said Slagin Parakatil, Principal at Mercer and Global Product Owner for its Quality of Living research.
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