Annual Mercer List: Quality of living in Sofia is rather low

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The consulting firm Mercer has published its annual “Quality of Living” ranking list, which includes 231 cities all over the planet.

Sofia’s result is rather poor. The Bulgarian capital hit the 116th place. Compared to other European capitals, things look even worse: Here, Sofia is the loser.

The state of the infrastructure was an important criterion in the evaluation of cities on the Mercer list. This aspect partially explains the poor result for Sofia.

According to the ranking, Vienna offers the best quality of living. Zurich and Auckland are the next two cities on the list. Munich hit the 4th place, Vancouver the 5th. The next best five cities are Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen and Basel. The three German speaking countries are represented excessively, at the top of the list.

At the bottom of the ranking list, Khartoum (Sudan), Port au Price (Haiti), Sana’a (Yemen) and Bangui (Central African Republic) took prominent places. Bagdad (Irak) lost and hit the very last spot, which is the 231st one.

In recent weeks and months, Sofia hat hit low rankings in several evaluations, dealing with everything from minimum wages (this was actually about all of Bulgaria) and air pollution. In this regard, Sofia was named the dirtiest capital in Europe.

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Imanuel Marcus is Associate Editor of The Sofia Globe. He is German and lives in Sofia. Contact: imanuelmarcus (at) gmail.com