Vienna, Austria — The honour of highest ranked city in a non-English speaking country goes to Austria’s capital, thanks to the best healthcare of any city on the list, as well as being the sixth safest.


This week Deutsche Bank released its annual “Mapping the world’s prices” report, cataloguing the cost of goods and services in a cross section of the world’s biggest and most powerful cities around the world.

In 2017, for the first time, Deutsche Bank has included a ranking of the quality of life in 47 cities around the world. The ranking is based on eight sub-indexes compiled by crowd-sourced information database Numbeo, which create a broad picture of what it is like to live in different cities.

The indexes are: Purchasing Power, Safety, Health Care, Cost of Living, Property Price to Income Ratio, Traffic Commute Time, Pollution, and Climate.

Broadly speaking, the cities that rank highly are in the northern hemisphere in developed western economies, although several cities from nations like South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand make the list, with one even at the very top.

Vienna – Austrias Capital was ranked third place saying that it has one of the best healthcare systems of any city on the list.

Johannesburg and Cape Town were ranked 25th and 17th respectively with the following comments:

25. Johannesburg, South Africa — Finishing top of the property price to income ratio ranking helped push the South African city to a relatively high position on DB’s list.

17. Cape Town, South Africa — Another major city in South Africa to feature, Cape Town has the best quality of life in Africa, thanks to top five scores in both climate and property prices.


Other Rankings – 2 South African Cities amongst the TOP 26

26. Oslo, Norway
25. Johannesburg, South Africa
24. Brussels, Belgium
23. Warsaw, Poland
22. Chicago, USA
21. Dublin, Ireland
20. Stockholm, Sweden
19. Prague, Czech Republic
18. San Francisco, USA
17. Cape Town, South Africa
16. Madrid, Spain
15. Lisbon, Portugal
14. Toronto, Canada
13. Auckland, New Zealand
T11. Berlin, Germany
T11. Helsinki, Finland
10. Sydney, Australia
9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
8. Boston, USA
7. Ottawa, Canada
6. Copenhagen, Denmark
5. Zurich, Switzerland
4. Melbourne, Australia
3. Vienna, Austria
2. Edinburgh, UK
1. Wellington, New Zealand


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