Vienna Beats Budapest, Emerges as World’s Most Livable City
Gábor Sarnyai 2019.03.14.
The Mercer consulting company has named Vienna the world’s most livable city for the ninth time, with Budapest trailing in 76th place.
Mercer, a renowned international consulting firm, conducts a study every year assessing the quality of life in 231 different cities around the world. According to the study’s 2018 results, Vienna was named the best city to live in, making the Austrian Federal Capital the most livable city in the world for the ninth time.
The consulting company assessed political, social and economic climate, medical care, training opportunities, infrastructure, electricity and water supply.
They also compared leisure activities such as restaurants, theaters, cinemas, sports facilities and consumer goods. Environmental conditions were also taken into consideration, such as green areas and pollution.
Vienna’s living conditions were a hot topic in Hungary’s elections last year. János Lázár, former Chief of the Prime Minister’s Office, published an “information video” during the campaign. In the video, he stands in what he claims is one of “Vienna’s most infamous districts.” Supported by ominous piano music playing in the background, Lázár describes the changes the district has undergone in the last 20 years:
Today, the only white Christians in this district are pensioners; everyone else here is an immigrant. We will see what Budapest will look like in 20 years if the opposition parties let migrants into Hungary. Perhaps it will look like this. We are working to prevent this phenomenon.
According to the consulting company’s website, Budapest is ranked 76th and the five most prosperous cities in the Eastern European region are Prague (69th), Ljubljana (74th), Bratislava (80) and Vilnius (81).