Bishkek took the 206th place in the Quality of Living Ranking 2019, compiled by the international consulting company Mercer. The list includes a total of 231 cities.
Tashkent takes the 203rd place. Ashgabat is on the 211th place, Dushanbe is the 215th.
The southern capital of Kazakhstan — Almaty — takes the 177th line of the ranking. Moscow is ranked the 167th, and St. Petersburg — the 174th.
The capital of Austria, Vienna, tops the ranking for the 10th year running. The city with population of 1.9 million people is leading in a number of indicators (39), relating in particular to the social environment, cultural life, medical care, education, transportation, recreation, political stability and attractiveness for business.
Zurich, which is much more expensive to live compared to Vienna, takes the second place in the list. Auckland, Munich and Vancouver, which for the first time in the last decade represents North America in the top three, take the third line of the ranking.
Leaders of Asia, South America and Africa are as before Singapore (25th), Montevideo (78th) and Port Louis (83rd). Baghdad took the last place in the ranking.
European cities continue to lead in terms of quality of life on the planet: the top 20 includes 13 cities. Berlin (13th), Paris (39th) and London (41st) retained their positions. Madrid (46th) climbed three lines up, and Rome (56th) — one.
Luxembourg was named the safest city on the planet in a separate list.
It is followed by Helsinki and three Swiss cities — Basel, Bern and Zurich. St. Petersburg takes the 197th place, Moscow — the 200th. The positions of Brussels (47th) and Athens (102nd) have worsened due to the recent terrorist attacks.
Damascus takes the last, 231st place, in the ranking. Bangui (Central African Republic) is one line up.
«Human security depends on a number of factors. And this indicator is constantly changing depending on the situation in cities and countries,» official representative of Mercer stressed. «These factors are crucial, in particular, for transnational corporations that need to be taken into account when sending employees abroad.»