Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Paris: top city

"The City of Light is rated number one out of 200 world cities in [the] recent ... The Cities Book.

The Lonely Planet publication features the most vibrant, diverse and hypnotic cities in the world, as rated by Lonely Planet staff, authors and readers. The standard is set by the City of Light, with other cities claiming reputation by association - beirut is described as the Paris of the Middle East, while Melbourne is billed as the Paris of the Southern Hemisphere."

A Place in the Sun - France, Issue 50

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cities/cities_book.cfm

On the other hand:

Zurich named again best city in the world to live in. A report by Mercer Consulting

10 April 2006: The Swiss cities of Geneva and Zurich offer the best quality of life according to research published by Mercer Consulting in April 2006. Vancouver (Canada) is placed third, followed by Vienna (Austria), Auckland (New Zealand) and Düsseldorf (Germany). Baghdad, not surprisingly, is the lowest ranking city in the survey.

EIU names Vancouver, Melbourne and Vienna as 'best' cities in the world

The analysis is part of Mercer Consulting's annual 'World-wide Quality of Living Survey', covering more than 350 cities. Each city is based on an evaluation of 39 criteria, including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport, and other public services. Cities are ranked against New York as the base city, which has an index score of 100."

http://www.citymayors.com/features/quality_survey.html

Paris comes a mere 33rd, but above London at 39, Barcelona at 43 and New York at 46.
Zurich and Geneva ? ! Evidently the "quality of life" doesn't involve much excitement.

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