Mercer's Quality of Living Survey: Zürich Scores Second Place
Mercer?s yearly worldwide quality of living survey evaluates 221 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 expansion and relocation destinations and place employees on international assignments.Quality of living has become an important location parameter that is conducive to guaranteeing that the employees? job satisfaction and identification with their company stays at high levels.
Sonja Wollkopf Walt, CEO Greater Zurich Area AG:
"Mercer's results once again establish Switzerland, the city of Zürich and the Greater Zurich Area as some of the most desirable places where to live and work on the planet."
"Owing to its outstanding quality of living, Greater Zurich Area AG has seen constant interest by international companies in doing business here, even in times of hardship in the global economy."
"Zürich and the Greater Zurich Area offer the ideal lifework balance that is in high demand with topnotch specialists and professionals at management level today.That's why many companies have decided to integrate management functions like supply chain management and finance in regional or global headquarters in the Greater Zurich Area."
Greater Zurich Area AG
The Greater Zurich Area AG, a nonprofit organization, is the location marketing organisation for the Greater Zurich Area business region. It recruits international companies abroad and assists them in setting up companies and making investments in the Greater Zurich Area. Its sponsor is the "Stiftung Greater Zurich Area Standortmarketing," a publicprivate 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, Zug and Zürich, the cities of Zürich and Winterthur, and several Swiss companies.