Ban­ga­lore tops qual­ity in­dex

Ban­ga­lore is the best city in In­dia for the qual­ity of liv­ing it of­fers and Mum­bai gets top slot for in­fra­struc­ture. Vi­enna dom­i­nates world rank­ing in both cat­e­gories

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Euro­pean cities con­tinue to dom­i­nate the top rank­ings both for qual­ity of liv­ing and city in­fra­struc­ture. While Vi­enna re­mains at the top, Bagh­dad was at the bot­tom on over­all qual­ity of liv­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mercer 2012 Qual­ity of Liv­ing Sur­vey, among In­dian cities, Ban­ga­lore is ranked 139, New Delhi 143, Mum­bai 146, Chen­nai 150 and Kolkata 151 in the over­all qual­ity of liv­ing. Ban­ga­lore’s over­all qual­ity of liv­ing rank rises from 141 in 2011 to 139 in 2012 and is high­est amongst other In­dian cities. Ban­ga­lore’s rise in its qual­ity of liv­ing rank­ing can be at­trib­uted to pos­i­tive rat­ings for in­ter­na­tional schools that are suit­able for ex­pa­tri­ates.

On the city in­fra­struc­ture rat­ing, Mum­bai (134) ranks high­est fol­lowed by Kolkata (141), New Delhi (153), Chen­nai (168) and Ban­ga­lore (170).

At the in­ter­na­tional level, Sin­ga­pore ranks high­est for city in­fra­struc­ture and Por­tau-Prince the low­est. Sin­ga­pore also ranks high­est for over­all qual­ity of liv­ing among Asia cities on the in­dex.

Vi­enna re­tains the top spot as the city with the world’s best qual­ity of liv­ing. Zurich and Auck­land fol­low in sec­ond and third place, re­spec­tively, and Mu­nich is in fourth place, fol­lowed by Van­cou­ver, ranked fifth. Düs­sel­dorf dropped one spot to rank sixth fol­lowed by Frankfurt in sev­enth, Geneva in eighth, Copen­hagen in ninth, and Bern and Syd­ney tied for tenth place.

Among Asia Pa­cific cities, Aus­tralian and New Zealand cities rank higher on the in­dex with Syd­ney (11), Welling­ton (13), Mel­bourne (18) and Perth (21) fol­low­ing Auck­land (3).

Glob­ally, the cities with the low­est qual­ity of liv­ing are Khar­toum, Su­dan (217); N’Dja­mena, Chad (218); Por­tau-Prince, Haiti (219); and Ban­gui, Cen­tral African Repub­lic (220). Bagh­dad, Iraq (221) ranks last.

Mercer con­ducts this sur- vey an­nu­ally to help multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and other or­gan­i­sa­tions com­pen­sate em­ploy­ees fairly when plac­ing them on in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ments. Mercer’s Qual­ity of Liv­ing re­ports pro­vide valu­able in­for­ma­tion and hard­ship pre­mium rec­om­men­da­tions for many cities through­out the world. Mercer’s Qual­ity of Liv­ing in­dex list cov­ers 221 cities, ranked against New York as the base city.

This year’s rank­ing sep­a­rately iden­ti­fies the cities with the best in­fra­struc­ture based on elec­tric­ity sup­ply, water avail­abil­ity, tele­phone and mail ser­vices, pub­lic trans­porta­tion, traf­fic con­ges­tion and the range of in­ter­na­tional flights from lo­cal air­ports. Sin­ga­pore is at the top of this in­dex, fol­lowed by Frankfurt and Mu­nich in sec­ond place. Copen­hagen (4) and Dus­sel­dorf (5) fill the next two slots, while Hong Kong and Lon­don share sixth place. Port-au-Prince (221) ranks at the bot­tom of the list.

“In or­der for multi­na­tional com­pa­nies to en­sure their ex­pa­tri­ates are com­pen­sated ap­pro­pri­ately and an ad­e­quate hard­ship al­lowance is in­cluded in com­pen­sa­tion pack­ages, they must be aware of cur­rent events and lo­cal cir­cum­stances,” said Sla­gin Parakatil, se­nior re­searcher at Mercer. “Fac­tors such as in­ter­nal sta­bil­ity, law en­force­ment ef­fec­tive­ness, crime lev­els and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties are im­por­tant to con­sider when de­cid­ing on an in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ment, and the im­pact on daily life that could be en­coun­tered by the ex­pa­tri­ate in overseas place­ments.”

“In­fra­struc­ture has a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the qual­ity of liv­ing that ex­pa­tri­ates ex­pe­ri­ence. While of­ten taken for granted when func­tion­ing to a high stan­dard, a city’s in­fra­struc­ture can gen­er­ate se­vere hard­ship when it is de­fi­cient. Com­pa­nies need to pro­vide ad­e­quate al­lowances to com­pen­sate their in­ter­na­tional work­ers for th­ese and other hard­ships,” Parakatil added.

In terms of city in­fras­truc- ture, Sin­ga­pore has the high­est rank­ing world­wide fol­lowed by Hong Kong (6), Syd­ney (8), Perth (25), Tokyo (32) and Mel­bourne (34). Ade­laide and Bris­bane both ranked 37. Nagoya (41), Auck­land (43), Kobe (44), Welling­ton (48), Seoul (50) and Osaka (51) are the next high­est-rank­ing cities in this re­gion. The re­gion’s low­es­trank­ing city for city in­fra­struc­ture is Dhaka, Bangladesh (205).

“A no­tice­able gap can be seen among Asia Pa­cific cities where sev­eral cities have im­proved in the re­gion partly be­cause they have been in­vest­ing mas­sively in in­fra­struc­ture and pub­lic ser­vices,” said Phil Stan­ley, Asia Pa­cific global mo­bil­ity leader. Com­pe­ti­tion among mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties has been con­tin­u­ously in­creas­ing in or­der to at­tract multi­na­tion­als, for­eign­ers, ex­pa­tri­ates and tourists. Yet a con­sid­er­able num­ber of Asian cities rank in the bot­tom quar­tile, mainly due to high po­lit­i­cal volatil­ity, poor in­fra­struc­ture and ob­so­lete pub­lic ser­vices, he said.

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