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  • Vancouver Tops Olympic Cities for Quality of Life


    Vancouver is the top-rated North American city in the survey as well as among Olympic host cities. (ATR)  
    (ATR) An annual survey on quality of life and security puts Vancouver near the top of the list, outpacing other Olympic hosts and cities bidding for the Games.

    The survey by New York-based consultant Mercer rates 2010 Olympics host Vancouver #4 for quality of life and #22 for personal safety.

    Beijing rates #116 on the quality of life and #105 for personal safety. London scores #38 and #69 in those same categories. Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, does not appear in the survey that is limited to
    2016 bid city Tokyo ranks #35 in the survey, highest among the four cities in the race.  
    215 cities.

    The survey is based in 39 factors across a range of categories that include politics, economy, health, schools, public services, recreation, availability of consumer goods and housing.

    The number-one city for quality of life is Zurich. Last place goes to Baghdad.

    A press release from Mercer says the survey is meant to be used by governments and corporations to help place employees on assignments.

    Among the four cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics, Tokyo is #35, followed by Madrid at #43, Chicago at # 44 and Rio de Janeiro at #114.
    Singapore, 2010 Youth Olympics host, scores high among all cities in the world for quality of life and safety. (ATR)  

    Singapore, host of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games scores #32 in the survey. Copenhagen, site of the 2009 Olympic Congress and IOC Session is #11.

    More details on the survey are available from Mercer, The company is a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

    Written by Ed Hula

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