Tirana, 20 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
Tirana is ranked in the list of the worst three cities in Europe, as far as the quality of living is concerned, based on a recently published report by institute “Mercer”, while on a world level, it is ranked on the 179th position out of 230 examined economies.
Bagdad in Iraq holds the lowest position on a world level.
For the third year in a row, Vienna, the capital of Austria, continues to be on top of the list. Based on Mercer 2016 Quality of Living, Vienna is the city with the best living standards in the world.
In the Mercer 2016 report, European cities dominate the list for the best living quality, in spite of economic uncertainties. Western European countries have the best performance in terms of the quality of living, given that 7 of them are in the top ten countries. Vienna is followed by Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8) and Copenhagen (9).
Prague, ranked 69th is the best city in the ranking of Central and Eastern Europe, followed by Ljubljana on the 76th and Budapest on the 77th.
Meanwhile, there are three cities with the lowest quality of living in Europe, Kiev on the 176th position, Tirana on the 179th and Minsk on the 190th.
Mercer offers the annual world ranking on the standards of living based on the latest studies of the “World Quality of Living Surveys”.
Individual reports are secured for every city observed. Comparative indexes of the living quality between the base city and host city are available, along with comparisons with many cities.
Mercer assesses local living conditions in around 300 cities that it monitors throughout the world. The living conditions have been analyzed based on 39 factors grouped in 10 categories:
-political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc)
-economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services)
-social and cultural environment (availability of media and censorship, restrictions in personal freedom)
-medical and health service (medical supplies and services, contagious illnesses, sewage system, disposal of rubbish, air pollution, etc)
-schools and education (standards and availability of international schools)
-public services and transport (electricity, water, public transport, traffic jams, etc)
-leisure places (restaurants, theaters, cinemas, sport centers and leisure centers, etc)
-consumption goods (availability of food articles/daily consumption articles, cars, etc)
-accommodation (rent accommodation, furniture, maintenance services)
-natural environment (climate, natural disasters). /balkaneu.com/