Windhoek ‘low’ on quality of living

In Africa, Port Louis is the city of choice when it comes to quality of living.

14 March 2019 | Business

The quality of living is an essential component of a city’s attractiveness for businesses and mobile talent. - Mercer

Windhoek is the 131st city with the best quality of living out of 231 worldwide, according to a new international survey.

The Mercer 2019 Quality of Living Index, released yesterday, placed Vienna at the top for the 10th consecutive year.

The survey, designed as a tool to help international organisations determine salary levels for expatriate employees, is based on 39 criteria.

These include housing, political stability, crime, leisure, air pollution, infrastructure, the health system, education and the economy.

In Africa, Port Louis (83) was the city with the best quality of living and also the safest (59). It was closely followed for overall quality of living by the South African cities of Durban (88), Cape Town (95) and Johannesburg (96), though these cities still rank low for personal safety, and issues around water scarcity contributed to Cape Town falling one place this year.

Conversely, Bangui (230) scored the lowest for the continent and also ranked lowest for personal safety (230).

Gambia’s progress toward a democratic political system and improved international relations and human rights meant that Banjul (179) had the most improved quality of living in Africa, but also in the world, rising six places this year.

Rest of the world

Vienna was one of eight European cities in the top 10 in the survey by Mercer, a human-resources consultancy.

In second place was Zurich, followed in joint third place by Munich, Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand.

Duesseldorf in Germany took sixth followed by Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Geneva and Basel.

London was ranked 41st and Paris was 39th, although the study, carried out between September and November 2018, did not take into account France's “yellow vest” anti-government protests.

Mercer said all US cities covered in the analysis fell in the rankings this year, with the exception of New York, which rose one place to 44 as crime rates there continue to fall. San Fransisco was the top-ranked US city at 34.

In Asia, Singapore has the highest quality of living at 25th place, followed by Tokyo and Kobe (joint 49th). Hong Kong was ranked 71st and Seoul 77nd.

At the other end of the table, the lowest ranked city was Baghdad at 231. Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, and Sanaa in Yemen were 230th and 229th respectively.

“Mercer’s 21st annual Quality of Living survey shows that many cities around the world still offer attractive environments in which to do business, and the best understand that the quality of living is an essential component of a city’s attractiveness for businesses and mobile talent,” the survey states. – Own report and Nampa/AFP

Similar News

 

Business ponders mass exodus

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Business

A recent survey by the Economic Policy Research Association (EPRA) of close to 600 businesses concerned about the government's policy direction shows that a staggering...

MTC kickstarts NSX listing process

2 days ago - 23 May 2019 | Business

MTC issued a statement this morning saying it “has officially started its journey towards listing on the Namibian Stock Exchange”.MTC will be the first state-owned...

Mexican billionaire buys Erindi

3 days ago - 22 May 2019 | Business

Mexican billionaire Alberto Baillères is set to buy the sought-after 71 000-hectare Erindi Game Reserve, subject to approval. According to a media release, Baillères is...

Bidvest Nam to delist from NSX

4 days ago - 21 May 2019 | Business

Bidvest Namibia will delist from the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) on 11 June, the company said in an announcement on the local bourse.This follows a...

Debmarine to spend N$7bn on new vessel

1 week ago - 17 May 2019 | Business

Debmarine has announced that it will invest N$7 billion in a new vessel, which would contribute N$2 billion a year to the economy.The diamond miner...

Governmentpolicy causes economic decline

1 week ago - 17 May 2019 | Business

Local businesses burdened with a crushingly tough economic climate feel the government's policies have contributed to the current climate, particularly legislation aimed at empowerment and...

Phosphate mining headache continues

1 week ago - 16 May 2019 | Business

ELLANIE SMIT The Chamber of Mines of Namibia is concerned that a way forward on marine phosphate...

Save jobs, buy local

1 week ago - 16 May 2019 | Business

Team Namibia has urged Namibians “now more than ever” to buy local in order to have a positive impact on the economy, reduce poverty and...

Mining: Sunrise, sunset?

1 week ago - 15 May 2019 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy - Namibia’s mining sector needs policies which will transform the sector from a perceived “sunset” industry to a “sunrise” industry.This will allow investment...

Elevating internal audit’s role: The digitally fit function

1 week ago - 15 May 2019 | Business

Organisations are rapidly rolling out digital initiatives in an arena defined by more data, more automation, sophisticated cyber attacks, and constantly evolving customer expectations. In...

Latest News

10% water hike coming

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Disasters

The City of Windhoek has proposed a 10% water and 5% sewer tariff hike to come into effect in July. The City's recently announced...

Low earners excluded from drought...

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Disasters

Households with a combined income of more than N$2 600 will not qualify for state drought assistance, which has effectively excluded even low-level civil servants...

How did we get here?

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Opinion

How did we get to a situation, as a country, where our government is asking already struggling workers to donate 2% of the salaries as...

AMTA ends Fysal agreement

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Agriculture

Fysal Fresh Produce is to retrench 60 employees at the end of this month after its contract with the Agro-Marketing Trading Agency (AMTA) was terminated....

Geingob grills Nanso

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Education

The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) leadership received a grilling from President Hage Geingob on Wednesday during a meeting to discuss a number of issues,...

Fallout over 2% tax

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Economics

Political parties and analysts have called on the government to abandon a plan to introduce a “voluntary” 2% tax to fund drought relief.Prime Minister Saara...

Bild challenges Guibeb

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | International

The German newspaper Bild has rubbished a claim by the Namibian ambassador to Germany, Andreas Guibeb, that no arrest warrant had been issued against him.The...

Namibia ranks poorly for diversity

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Cultural

For a country that is described by many as one of the most diverse in the world, Namibia has ranked fairly poorly in a new...

Business ponders mass exodus

2 days ago - 24 May 2019 | Business

A recent survey by the Economic Policy Research Association (EPRA) of close to 600 businesses concerned about the government's policy direction shows that a staggering...

Load More