Mercer ranks Tallinn 87th on quality of living

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks the Estonian capital, Tallinn, 87th in its 2018 index.

The survey’s important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability, public transport and access to goods and services.

Tallinn is given the same rank as Limassol, Cyprus, coming after Athens, Greece (86) and before Durban, South Africa (89).

Riga, Latvia, comes in 90th and Vilnius, Lithuania, 81st. The Finnish capital, Helsinki, is ranked 32nd. Moscow, Russia, comes 167th and St Petersburg even lower than that, 173rd.

Vienna is leading

The best city in the world, according to the survey, is Vienna, Austria. The Austrian capital has been ranked first for eight consecutive years.

Vienna is followed by Zurich (Switzerland), Auckland (New Zealand) and Munich (Germany).

On the other hand, the worst city by quality of living is Baghdad, Iraq, preceded by Bangui, the Central African Republic, and Sana’a, Yemen.

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks 231 cities; the quality of living survey is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments.

The survey also identifies the cities with the highest personal safety ranking based upon internal stability, crime, effectiveness of law enforcement and relationships with other countries.


Cover: Lasnamäe district in Tallinn (the image is illustrative/courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

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Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in Chicago, IL. He loves to write and besides working at Estonian World and doing some occasional blogging, he writes books and contributes to other outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at