Quality of Life and Quality of Living

In Monocle’s recent annual Quality of Life Survey 2015, Japan’s capital city, Tokyo occupies first position followed by Vienna and Berlin. From being the 2013 and 2014 winner, Copenhagen took a staggering fall to join Zürich at number ten because ‘the city is just too expensive’. Interestingly both Stockholm and Helsinki rank higher – six and eight respectively. This fall from glory is resonated at country level with Denmark dropping to third place in the third World Happiness Report, behind Switzerland and Iceland. Monocle note that Tokyo sets itself apart for its unique ability to ‘provide a great quality of life for those who live there and visit.’

Mercer produces a Quality of Living Ranking charting the cities that offer the best quality of living for expatriates. They carry out Quality of Living Surveys worldwide in order to assess ‘quality of living conditions to help multinational companies and other employers fairly compensate employees when placing them on international assignments.’ In their 2015 report, Tokyo ranks number 44 oddly enough, Copenhagen ranks number nine, and the top three positions are held by Vienna, Zürich and Auckland.

I wonder what the future holds for Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen …

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