Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey — conducted to help multinational organizations compensate expats fairly — ranks cities in Western Europe, New Zealand, and Canada among the best in terms of such quality factors as political/social/economic environment, medical, and education. This year’s survey also recognizes several emerging cities that have been investing heavily in their infrastructures to improve their quality of living and compete for expats with the highest-ranked cities.
Four European cities are on the top 10 list of the most expensive cities for expatriates, in Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey, with Chinese cities rising and Japanese cities falling in cost since last year’s ranking. Mercer’s survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive. Mercer ranks 211 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each location.