As Reuters reports, Vienna, Austria's grand capital on the Danube river, offers the highest quality of life of all cities in the world, while the Iraqi capital Baghdad, once more took its place at the bottom of a liveability list compiled by consulting firm Mercer.
The survey of 230 cities helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. It uses dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.
Global centers London, Paris, Tokyo and New York City did not even make the top 30, lagging behind most big German, Scandinavian and Australian cities.
Vienna's 1.7 million inhabitants benefit from the city's cafe culture and museums, theaters and operas. Rents and public transport costs in the city whose architecture is marked by its past as the center of the Habsburg empire are cheap compared with other western capitals.
Switzerland's Zurich, New Zealand's Auckland, Germany's Munich and Canada's Vancouver followed Vienna - which reached the best position for the seventh time in a row - in the top five of most pleasant cities to live in.
As Channel News Asia reports, the Republic is Asia Pacific's second-most popular destination, with 11.81 million international visitors in 2015, according to a MasterCard index.
Bangkok clinched the top spot with 21.9 million visitors and Tokyo narrowly came in third behind Singapore with 11.76 million visitors.
The annual Asia Pacific Destinations Index ranks 167 destinations from 22 countries in the region - including island resorts as well as towns and cities - by their total number of international overnight arrivals, cross-border spending and the total number of nights spent at each destination, MasterCard said in a news release on Wednesday (Jan 27).
The study showed that the highest number of tourists coming to Singapore were from Indonesia (16.1 per cent), China (13.9 per cent) and India (7.3 per cent).
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