Brussels is in 22nd place on the list of the best places in the world to live. On Wednesday, we learned it has fallen a place compared to last year, according to the yearly “Quality of Living 2015” report by Mercer. This report looked at 440 cities. As with the last few years, Vienna is in top place and Baghdad is at the bottom. The study gives employers an idea of what is a reasonable salary for employees working abroad. Around 40 factors are taken into account, including the sociopolitical and economic situations, education, infrastructure, healthcare, entertainment, etc.
Seven of the top towns on the list are European: Vienna (1st), Zurich (2nd), Munich (3rd), Dusseldorf (6th) Frankfort (7th), Geneva (8th) and Copenhagen (9th). The other cities in the top ten are Auckland (3rd), Vancouver (5th), and Sydney (10th). The United States only gets 27th place, for San Francisco.
Brussels stays near the top 20, even though it has dropped a place this year, going from 21st to 22nd place. In 11th place, Amsterdam is near the top ten.
For Western Europe, the towns with the lowest quality of life are Belfast (65th) and Athens (85th). In central and Eastern Europe, it’s Minsk (189th)