Zürich has Highest Quality of Living in the World

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Zürich wins Mercer Award for the sixth consecutive time, the Greater Zurich Area AG announced today.

The importance of quality of life as a decisive factor for company expansions and relocations has steadily increased in recent years

Zürich has again been named the city with the highest quality of living in the world, a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting has revealed today. The center of the Greater Zurich Area, the leading economic region of Switzerland, was declared the winner for the sixth consecutive time. With a score of 108.1 Zürich outdid its closest rival Geneva.

Mercer’s yearly worldwide quality of living survey evaluates 215 cities on 39 criteria including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport, and other public services. Each city is awarded a score according to how far the quality of life available exceeds or falls behind New York, which is the base city at 100. The survey helps governments and multinational companies to choose relocation destinations and place employees on international assignments.

“The importance of quality of life as a decisive factor for company expansions and relocations has steadily increased in recent years," said Sonja Wollkopf, Chief Operations Officer of the Greater Zurich Area AG. “To have bested the greatest cities in the world six times in a row is an incredible achievement and underlines the competitiveness of Zürich and the Greater Zurich Area as a business location and place to live."

About the Greater Zurich Area AG
The Greater Zurich Area AG, a nonprofit organization, is the marketing association for the Greater Zurich Area business region. It recruits international companies abroad and assists them with setting up companies and making investments in the Greater Zurich Area. Its sponsor is the “Stiftung Greater Zurich Area Standortmarketing,” a public-private partnership that was established in November 1998. Since that time, its membership has grown to include the cantons of Aargau, Glarus, Graubünden, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn and Zürich, the cities of Zürich and Winterthur, and several businesses.

For further information, please contact:
Marc Neumann, International Media Relations, Greater Zurich Area AG
Tel: +1 212 427 7185
marc.neumann @ greaterzuricharea.ch
http://www.greaterzuricharea.ch

Marion Graber, Corporate Communications, Greater Zurich Area AG, Zürich
Tel: +41 44 254 59 07
marion.graber @ graterzuricharea.ch

Mercer Human Resource Consulting: http://www.mercerhr.com

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