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Vienna has topped the list of cities with the best quality of life for the fifth consecutive year according to research published by consultancy firm Mercer.
The Mercer survey is designed to let companies know which cities are the best for accommodating international staff, and it considers elements of city life such as social security, cost of living, transport and political stability.
The cultural attractions in Vienna also helped to put it to the top of the list, including the architecture, the number of art galleries and museums, the opera, and the city's cafe culture.
The ease of navigating around the public transport, at the comparably cheap price of 1 Euro a day with an annual travel pass, is also earmarked as one of the benefits of living in the Austrian capital.
In general, German speaking cities fared well in the latest survey, with Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Zurich all making the top ten.
"European cities enjoy a high overall quality of living compared to those in other regions. Health care, infrastructure, and recreational facilities are generally of a very high standard," said Slagin Parakatil, a senior researcher at Mercer.
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