(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – Colombo has been ranked number 1 in the South Asian region in Mercer’s 2017 quality of living survey.
Now in its 19th year, the independent survey benchmarked 450 cities against New York to assist multi-national organisations determine wages and conditions for their employees on overseas assignments.
This year’s survey paid particular attention to city infrastructure.
Mercer said economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational company’s face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce.
Colombo ranks number 132 overall of a total of 231 cities.
Mumbai and New Delhi are ranked at 154th and 161st respectively.
The survey ranked developing, unsafe and war-torn cities among the worst places for quality of living.
Baghdad was ranked last, with Damascus, Syria and Port au Prince, Haiti also in the bottom 10.
Vienna, Austria was ranked first globally as the best city to quality of living.