Dublin ahead of London in quality of life

The Mercer Human Resources quality of living survey has Dublin slip two places to 24, mostly to do with traffic congestion. But it is still well ahead of London which came in at 39th. Unsurprisingly, Zurich and Geneva stole first and second places.

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  • Zurich that’s indeed no suprise. Though I do wonder why? Good public transport, beautiful lake, great green spaces, mountains on both sides of lake, wonderful cafes, and sceneary. Then there are the people; no additions to the quality of life there

  • slug

    London at 39th and Glasgow and Birmingham each up one at =55.

    The interesting thing is the East European cities. Here are some really beautiful cities. If Eastern Europe has a tiger-like growth then in 10 or 15 years they will be pretty wonderful places to work in.

  • Martin

    I think that the most instructive thing about Mick’s post, in terms of Irish self-perception and Anglo-Irish relations, is that of the dozens of cities, and other European Capitals, he could have chosen to demonstrate Dublin’s superiority against, he chose London.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Martin: I think that the most instructive thing about Mick’s post, in terms of Irish self-perception and Anglo-Irish relations, is that of the dozens of cities, and other European Capitals, he could have chosen to demonstrate Dublin’s superiority against, he chose London. ”

    How so? Given geography and history, its a natural comparison. Given the topics of the board, what use would a comparison to, oh, Copenhagen be?

  • Keith M

    Zurich has to be one of the dullest cities I ever had the misfortune to visit. If “quality of life” is measured by the percentage of the population are in bed before 22.00 then I could see why Zurich wins, otherwise this is another meaningless list.

  • Bemused

    Wonder where norn iron’s ‘capital’, Belfast finished? What’s that – the organisers didn’t even bother to include it? Surely not?

  • Mick Fealty

    It wasn’t included. As it says: “The two other UK cities covered in the survey are Birmingham and Glasgow”. No Cork or Galway either.

  • If the report is accurate, London must be an awful shithole if even Dublin managed to beat it. But I’m sceptical about these studies. As Captain Beefheart once said, a carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.

  • Mark

    These things aren’t really very informative anyway, I think London is a wonderful place and would be for anyone who has enough money coming in to enjoy themselves but doesn’t get caught up in the rush for more money. I’m sure plenty of people there have a pretty miserable quality of life either because they work like mad (and voluntarily) in the City or because they are (involuntarily) skint. And the same applies wherever you are.

  • hovetwo

    The popular radio station Q102 has made a habit of describing Dublin as the world’s greatest city (using Australian voiceovers….?!?). Guess if you listen to it long enough you start to believe it.

    I think Q102 is owned by UTV, so maybe Belfast will be getting the same treatment sometime soon. Strewth.

  • yaw_yaw_genau

    As someone from Norn Iron who currently lives in Zurich, I have to agree with Keith M and co. and say that this survey is mainly a load of tosh.

    Sure, the centre of Zurich is very nice with the river, lake, and churches and everything. And the public transport system is second to none – you don’t really even need a car. Within 2 hours on the train you can also be in the middle of some of the best skiing in the Europe (how I spent almost every weekend of the winter!).

    Other cities, like Belfast, could certainly learn a thing or two about public transportation if they took a look at Zurich as an example, but Zurich is in no ways perfect. Take a walk away from the city centre and the lake-front and quite a lot of the city is quite ugly. It also has its dodgy areas like the red-light district at Langstrasse. Zurich has also had quite a drugs problem, though this apparantly is getting better. You also can rarely walk through the central tram stop area without a beggar aking you for money.

    What is the most surprising is how on Earth Geneva got to number 2. Outside Geneva, there is this image of a really glitzy and rich city. Sure, like Zurich, there is a nice lake and lots of wealth about there somewhere. However, in Geneva itself the wealth is not really obvious at all to the casual obseerver. La Gare de Cornavin has to be one of the ugliest train stations I have ever been in. There also is a very high proportion of illegal immigrants and workers in Geneva. Geneva recently seems to be having increasing problems with crime.

  • Martin

    How so? Given geography and history, its a natural comparison. Given the topics of the board, what use would a comparison to, oh, Copenhagen be?

    The relative populations of Denmark vs all-Ireland (5m each) and Copenhagen vs Dublin (again, not far off each other) as opposed to the equivalent UK vs Ireland comparisons (12 times the national population and London in itself is nearly twice as populous as the Republic and considerably larger than the whole of Ireland) would make a comparison to Copenhagen far more valid.

  • Crataegus

    Big difference between living and working in any city and visiting.

    What is so great about Dublin, much of the housing around the centre lacks character and quite seriously how do you compare what’s on offer there with London. There really is no comparison. London is one of the worlds trading centres with a history of empire and a large culture and entertainment sector the other just isn’t.

    That said you can keep most of your cities give me Ballintoy any day of the week.

  • Kevin Canuck

    The Mercer surveys always list the top three cities, in varying order, as Zurich, Geneva, and Vancouver, Canada.

    The Economist Magazine puts Vancouver as number one.

    Legal gay marriage, practically legal pot, amazing Asian food. Reasonable housing prices, 1/2 an hour away from world-class skiing, sublime summers, manageable traffic, semi-decent public transit. Birthplace of Greenpeace. Occasional hockey riots. Occasional WTO riots. Strong beer.

    What’s not to like? OK, there’s Bryan Adams. And Nickelback. But they’re from the suburbs, anyway.

  • grimesy

    Mercer would want to take their own cost of living advice & learn to pay their staff a few quid…there’s been a stampede for the door since the annual increases were announced!