Minsk was once again named the worst European city to live in, according to Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey.
Let’s find out why!
For the 9th year running, the Austrian capital Vienna was rated the most livable city both in Europe and globally.
Eight of the top 10 cities on Mercer’s list are also in Europe.
The best city in the world is followed by Zurich, Auckland and Munich.
Vancouver completes the top five and is the highest ranking city in North America.
The Lithuanian Vilnius holds 81st place, Warsaw – 82nd, Tallinn – 87th, Riga – 90th, Moscow – 167th and Kiev – 173th.
Minsk took the last place among all European cities on the list. Compared to last year, the Belarusian capital has improved its position by one place.
Recall that in 2014 Minsk was 189th on the list of 223 cities, in 2015 – 189th of 230 cities, in 2016 – 190th of 230, in 2017 – 189th of 231 cities
Why at the bottom of the list?
The thing is that Quality of Living Ranking is not created for a city residents of but for foreign businessmen and investors.
It is used mainly by Mercer’s clients who want to work abroad or send their subordinates to another state.
The cities were chosen according to their wishes, as well as some evaluation parametres that locals usually don’t even think about.
Positive relations with other countries, absence of visas, a number of international schools or particular level of environmental pollution are just some of them.
It takes into account the following metrics to judge quality of life:
- Political and social environment
- Economic environment
- Socio-cultural environment
- Medical and health considerations
- Schools and education
- Public services and transportation
- Consumer goods
- Natural environment
Therefore, we should not consider the ranking as a conspiracy or discredit of the Belarusian capital by Western researchers.
The survey is considered to be one of the most comprehensive of its kind and is conducted annually.