Mar 21 2018

Istanbul slips in global quality of living survey

Istanbul slipped to 134th of 231 cities in the Mercer Quality of Living Ranking for 2018, one place below last year’s level.

Istanbul ranks below all European cities except Belgrade, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tirana, the survey published on Tuesday showed. Chengu in China was ranked one place above Istanbul in 133rd and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic was 135th.

Vienna ranked the No. 1 city for a ninth-straight year, while Baghdad was the lowest ranked. In Europe, Vienna was followed by Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. Auckland was the highest-ranked city in the Asia-Pacific, while Vancouver was top in the Americas.

“How successful an international assignment is hinges on the personal and professional wellbeing of the individual expatriate and the welfare of their families,” said Slagin Parakatil, Principal at Mercer and Global Product Owner for its Quality of Living research. “As well as a significant hinder to a city’s, business and talent attractiveness, poor quality of living can considerably impact on an expatriate’s lifestyle."

Istanbul had fallen 11 places to 133rd in the ranking last year, with Mercer citing “severe political turmoil”.