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Infrastructure: World's 30 best cities

Last updated on: January 2, 2013 11:02 IST

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While Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world's best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey, Singapore tops list for cities with the best infrastructure.

"Infrastructure in German and Danish cities is among the best in the world, in part due to their first-class airport facilities, international and local connectivity, and a high standard of public services, Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer said.

Mercer's City Infrastructure Ranking 2012 is based on measures of: Electricity, Water Availability, Telephone, Mail, Public Transportation, Traffic Congestion & Airport Effectiveness.

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Singapore (Rank 1)


Singapore ranked the best for infrastructure is the world's fourth leading financial centre and one of the world's top three oil refining centres.

The World Bank has named Singapore as the easiest place in the world to do business and ranks Singapore the world's top logistics hub.

"Competition among municipalities has been continuously increasing in order to attract multinationals, foreigners, expatriates and tourists. Yet a considerable number of Asian cities rank in the bottom quartile, mainly due to high political volatility, poor infrastructure and obsolete public services, Slagin Parakatil said.

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Image: Singapore's Changi airport.
Photographs: Reuters.

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Frankfurt, Germany (Rank 2)

Frankfurt is the financial and transport centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe.

It is the seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large commercial banks.

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Image: Frankfurt Central Station.
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Munich, Germany (Rank 2)

Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in livability rankings.

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Image: BMW Welt, Munich.
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Copenhagen, Denmark (Rank 4)

Copenhagen is a major regional centre of culture, business, media, and science, as indicated by several international surveys and rankings.

Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life.

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Image: Copenhagen.
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Dusseldorf, Germany (Rank 5)

Dusseldorf is an international business and financial centre and renowned for its fashion and trade fairs.

The city is headquarters to five Fortune Global 500 and several DAX companies.

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Image: Duesseldorf international terminal.
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Hong Kong (Rank 6)

Hong Kong is one of the world's leading international financial centres.

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London, United Kingdom (Rank 6)

London is the world's cultural capital, leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport.

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Sydney, Australia (Rank 8)

As the financial and economic hub of Australia, Sydney has grown to become a wealthy and prosperous city.

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Hamburg, Germany (Rank 9)

Hamburg is a major transport hub in Northern Germany and is one of the
most affluent cities in Europe

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Vancouver, Canada (Rank 9)

Vancouver a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada, is also ranked among the world's best cities to live in.

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Yokohama, Japan (Rank 11)

Yokohama is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture and the second largest city in Japan. It developed rapidly as Japan's prominent port city.

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Paris, France (Rank 12)

Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, science and arts contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.

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Atlanta, United States (Rank 13)

Ranked 13th  in terms of infrastructure, Atlanta is the cultural and economic centre of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

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Montreal, Canada (Rank 13)

Canadian cities still dominate the infrastructure rankings. Montreal was called Canada's Cultural Capital by Monocle and recently was named a UNESCO City of Design.

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Dallas, United States (Rank 15)

The city's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, transportation and logistics.

The city is home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation.

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Toronto, Canada  (Rank 16)

Canada's commercial capital, it is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange and some of the nation's largest banks.

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Image: Toronto Eaton Centre.
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Vienna, Austria (Rank 16)

The largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic and political centre.

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Helsinki, Finland (Rank 18)

Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities.

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Oslo, Norway (Rank 18)

Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping.

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Stockholm, Sweden (Rank 18)

Stockholm is Sweden's financial centre with excellent infrastructure in place.

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Image: Kista science Tower in Kista north of Stockholm City.
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Stuttgart, Germany (Rank 18)

The city of Stuttgart is ranked 30 globally in Mercer's 2010 liveability rankings, and 7th in Germany behind top-ranked cities such as Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich.

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Image: Stuttgart.
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Washington, DC United States (Rank 22)

Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands (Rank 23)

Netherlands' commercial capital and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group.

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Zurich, Switzerland (Rank 24)

Several surveys rank Zurich as the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe.

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Bern, Switzerland (Rank 25)

Bern is ranked among the world's top ten cities for the best quality of life. The city has an excellent transportation network.

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Ottawa, Canada (Rank 25)

It is the second largest city in Ontario and the fourth largest city in Canada. It is rated the second cleanest city in Canada, and third cleanest city in the world.

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Perth, Australia (Rank 25)

Perth dominates the Western Australian economy. It is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia.

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Chicago, United States (Rank 28)

Chicago is listed as an alpha+ global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and ranks seventh in the world in the 2012 Global Cities Index.

The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications, and transportation.

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Berlin, Germany (Rank 29)

Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, and convention venues.

Berlin also serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport.

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New York City, United States (Rank 30)

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the centre of the New York Metropolitan Area.

A global power city, New York has a significant impact on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.



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