According to the 20th edition of Mercer's Quality of Living ranking, Durban is the most liveable city in South Africa, the second-most liveable city in Africa and the 89th most liveable city worldwide. Cape Town was placed second in South Africa, second in Africa and 94th in the world while Johannesburg was placed third in South Africa and Africa and 95th worldwide. Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is Mercer's most liveable city in Africa and the 83rd most liveable city on a global scale.
The 20th edition of the Quality of Living report provides a separate ranking on City Sanitation, which analyses cities' waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, water availability and quality. According to the results of the ranking, Durban has the best city sanitation in South Africa, the second-best in Africa and the 73rd best in the world.
By comparing the Quality of Living rankings since the very first report in 1998, Mercer found out that Maputo in Mozambique had the highest increase in quality of living over the last 20 years in Africa.
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The top five cities in the 20th edition of Mercer's Quality of Living ranking are Vienna (Austria), Zurich (Switzerland), Auckland (New Zealand), Munich (Germany) and Vancouver (Canada).
Mercer's authoritative survey is one of the world's most comprehensive and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. In addition to valuable data on relative quality of living, Mercer's surveys provide hardship premium recommendations for more than 450 cities throughout the world; this year's ranking includes 231 of these cities.
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