Luxembourg named safest city
(CS) Luxembourg City was found to be the safest out of 221 cities worldwide in a Mercer study on personal safety and quality of living.
European cities dominate the top 25 spots of the personal safety ranking, with the Bern, Helsinki, Zurich and Vienna following Luxembourg in the top five. Cities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates are also among the top 25, while Singapore is the first Asian city in the top 25 ranking eighth.
The safest cities in the UK are Glasgow and Aberdeen, both coming in 44th place well ahead of London at 68.
While Luxembourg is first in personal safety it “only” comes in 19th place in the quality of living ranking where Vienna takes the lead ahead of Zurich, Auckland, Munich and Dusseldorf.
Baghdad lags at the bottom of both rankings in regards to personal safety and quality of living.
The personal safety ranking measures 221 countries' internal stability, crime levels, law enforcement effectiveness as well as the host country's international relations.
For the quality of living study 420 cities worldwide are surveyed according to 39 different factors, such as censorship, medical services, public services, cultural activities and climate. The resulting data is used to create an index grid allowing for city-to-city comparisons by which the 221 countries assessed by Mercer are ranked.
New York is the base city against which the other 220 cities are compared.
Mercer conducts the yearly survey to offer guidance for governments and companies on how to fairly compensate employees on international assignments.