Each year Mercer – one of the leading consulting companies in the world – gathers its team of experts, puts together data on 39 factors that have an impact on one''s living conditions and ranks the planet''s cities according to them. This is a ranking of high importance to mayors, governments, investors and the local population. Recent years have shown that European cities – particularly from Central Europe - are quite dominant in the top ten, occupying most of the positions. Big metropolises have a hard time securing a spot even in the top twenty, which – according to experts – indicates that living conditions are the best in relatively small, ''''green'''', clean and safe cities. In order to find out more about Mercer, its annual ranking and cities like Vienna, Zürich, Geneva, Vancouver, Düsseldorf and others – read this book.