quinta-feira, junho 17, 2010

Cities with the world's best quality of life (26-05-2010) 1/2
, a New-York based human resource and related financial services consulting firm, published its Quality of Living worldwide city rankings 2010.  Mercer evaluates local living conditions in all the 420 cities it surveys worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:
Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc) 
Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services, etc) 
Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etc) 
Health and sanitation (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc) 
Schools and education (standard and availability of international schools, etc) 
Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc) 
Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc) 
Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc) 
Housing (housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services, etc) 
Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters) 
The scores attributed to each factor allow for city-to-city comparisons to be made.  The result is a quality of living index that compares the relative differences between any two locations.  For the indices to be used in a practical manner, Mercer has created a grid that allows companies to link the resulting index to a quality of living allowance amount by recommending a percentage value in relation to the index.

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