For culture, fun, history and convenience, you don’t need to fly halfway round the globe. Just look to Edinburgh
Through a comprehensive survey carried out by Mercer Quality of Living Rankings, Edinburgh made the top 50 in a list of the best cities to live in worldwide. Coming in at number 45, it proves itself to be head and shoulders above some of the continent’s most popular tourist hotspots such as Prague and Rome.
The highest British entry on the list was England’s capital London, which only came in five places higher than Edinburgh at number 40. Glasgow also performed well in the rankings, coming in at number 53 and helping to prove that Scotland is indeed a destination worthy of comparisons with any other country in the world.
Elsewhere on the list, Aberdeen made an appearance at number 58, while the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, was ranked at number 66.
Taking the top spot on the list was Vienna in Austria, which has been number one for the past eight consecutive years. Rounding out the top 5 were Zurich in Switzerland at 2, Auckland in New Zealand at 3, and Munich in Germany and Vancouver in Canada at 4 and 5 respectively.
This is Mercer’s 19th survey of this kind, and takes into account a wide number of factors such as drinkable water, reliable electricity, personal safety and transport links. The data was analysed between September and November 2016.
The man responsible for this quality of living research, Slagin Parakatil, is the President of Mercer. He commented on the survey’s results, saying that “the success of foreign assignments is influenced by issues such as ease of travel and communication, sanitation standards, personal safety, and access to public services.”
He went on to say that “multinational companies need accurate and timely information to help calculate fair and consistent expatriate compensation – a real challenge in locations with a compromised quality of living. A city’s infrastructure, or rather the lack thereof, can considerably affect the quality of living that expatriates the experience on a daily basis.”
This gives an idea of just how many criteria it takes to decide what makes a city good to live in. By entering the top 50, Edinburgh has proven itself exciting, safe and clean. But what exactly makes Edinburgh such a great place to live?
Of course, Edinburgh boasts a rich history that gives it a sense of heritage that cannot be matched by many of the newer cities on the list. From Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Yacht Britannia, there’s plenty to see and do, as any resident at Quartermile will readily tell you.
Also contributing to Edinburgh’s status as a desirable city are the wealth of shops, bars and restaurants to explore. Prince’s Street is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the UK, while the range of restaurants, bars and meeting places throughout the New Town only add to the tourist appeal. And, of course, for any book-lover, Edinburgh is a must-visit city. You can even sit in the famous café where J.K. Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter’s exciting adventures.
If you are looking to make the move into the heart of this most vibrant of European cities, why not book a tour of our development today. Check out the apartments, the amenities and the quality of the lifestyle that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
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