Vienna: Quality of Living
Vienna, Austria’s capital, is an important cultural, economic and political centre in Central Europe. Vienna is rich in cultural traditions and sights, and its historic centre was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Not least because of its geographic location and dynamic growth, Vienna is an important hub in Europe. Due to its geographic location and history, Vienna forms an integral part of the regional network CENTROPE (Central European Region). The city is home to institutions such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and hosts one of the four United Nations headquarters.
Vienna is a fantastic place to live in and to visit, and has been ranked as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide for five years running in the annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Vienna was also top-ranked in surveys such as The Economist’s “World’s Most Liveable Cities” ranking or Monocle’s “Quality of Life Survey”.
In a new report entitled “State Of The World Cities 2012/2013″, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) ranked 70 international cities for prosperity. Vienna tops this UN-Habitat list, and came third in the 2014 “Smart Cities” ranking of the Top 10 Smartest European Cities.