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Cities with the best quality of life

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These are the global cities with the best quality of life

In the 19th annual Quality of Life Index, global consulting firm Mercer has selected the cities from around the world with the best quality of life. The research looked at various factors, with this year’s report focusing heavily on city infrastructure.

“Cities that rank high in the city infrastructure list provide a combination of top-notch local and international airport facilities, varied and extended coverage through their local transportation networks, and innovative solutions such as smart technology and alternative energy,”  Slagin Parakatil, principal at Mercer who is responsible for its quality of living research, said in a press release.

“Most cities now align variety, reliability, technology and sustainability when designing infrastructure for the future.”

Other factors included the political and social climate, economic environment, housing, recreation and six others.

Click through to see which cities topped this year’s list.