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Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Last updated on: February 27, 2014 17:23 IST

Image: A woman shouts out as she drinks beer during the opening day of Munich's famous Oktoberfest.
Photographs: Alexandra Winkler/Reuters

What is the ideal place for you to live? A city that has the best healthcare facilities? Robust infrastructure? Better options for entertainment and recreation? Low crime rates?

If you looking for a city to live in based on these options Europe has the maximum such places, according to Mercer’s Quality of Living survey.

The company ranks 223 cities across the world on healthcare access, political stability, recreational options, crime rates, and infrastructure to find the cities that offer the best quality of life.

Here are top cities to live in from each continent.

Tags: Europe

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Women in traditional Dirndl dresses watch a boat parade during Narzissenfest (Daffodil Festival) at Grundlsee lake.
Photographs: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Europe

Vienna

Country: Austria

Regional Rank: 1

Global Rank: 1

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Revellers pose during the 22nd Street Parade dance music event on the Quaibruecke bridge in Zurich.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Europe

Zurich

Country: Switzerland

Regional Rank: 2

Global Rank: 2

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Girls in traditional Bavarian clothes toast with one-litre beer mugs during the opening day of the Oktoberfest in Munich.
Photographs: Reuters

Europe

Munich

Country: germany

Regional Rank: 3

Global Rank: 4

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: A carnival reveller celebrates the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf.
Photographs: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

Europe

Dusseldorf

Country: Germany

Regional Rank: 4

Global Rank: 6

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: The skyline of Frankfurt with its bank towers.
Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Europe

Frankfurt

Country: germany

Regional Rank: 5

Global Rank: 7

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Dancing girls and the design team participate in the unveiling of the Alinghi race boat.
Photographs: Reuters

Australasia

Auckland

Country: New Zealand

Regional Rank: 1

Global Rank: 3

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Sex workers shout slogans during International Whores Day in central Sydney.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Australasia

Sydney

Country: Australia

Regional Rank: 2

Global Rank: 10

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: The Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry is docked at Wellington Harbour.
Photographs: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Australasia

Wellington

Country: New Zealand

Regional Rank: 3

Global Rank: 12

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: A woman sunbathes under blue skies at a park in Vancouver's False Creek during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Photographs: Chris Helgren/Reuters

North America

Vancouver

Country: Canada

Regional Rank: 1

Global Rank: 5

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: People take part in a free weekly yoga class on the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Photographs: Chris Wattie/Reuters

North America

Ottawa

Country: Canada

Regional Rank: 2

Global Rank: 14

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: A woman dances on a pole on the back of a truck as she takes part in a parade in Toronto.
Photographs: Mark Blinch/Reuters

North America

Toronto

Country: Canada

Regional Rank: 3

Global Rank: 15

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Ice fog rises from the St. Lawrence River as woman walks along the river bank in Montreal.
Photographs: Shaun Best/Reuters

North America

Montreal

Country: Canada

Regional Rank: 4

Global Rank: 23

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Street performer Carla Milugo juggles on a sidewalk while balancing on a ball in San Francisco.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reutrs

North America

San Francisco

Country: United States

Regional Rank: 5

Global Rank: 27

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: A model lies on a bed in the infinity pool of the Skypark that tops the Marina Bay Sands hotel towers in Singapore.
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

Asia

Singapore

Country: Singapore

Regional Rank: 1

Global Rank: 25

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Japanese women in kimonos walk to attend a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day in heavy snowfall at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo.
Photographs: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Asia

Tokyo

Country: Japan

Regional Rank: 2

Global Rank: 43

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: People wear face masks at a shopping street in Kobe, western Japan.
Photographs: Kyodo/Reuters

Asia

Kobe

Country: Japan

Regional Rank: 3

Global Rank: 47

Tags: Kobe , Asia , Japan

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: The sun sets over the venue of the APEC Summit in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

Asia

Yokohama

Country: Japan

Regional Rank: 4

Global Rank: 49

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Japanese mikoshi girls shout as they lift a mikoshi, or portable shrine, in Osaka.
Photographs: Reuters

Asia

Osaka

Country: Japan

Regional Rank: 5

Global Rank: 57

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Tourists pose for pictures in the Dubai desert.
Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Middle East and Africa

Dubai

Country: United Arab Emirates

Regional Rank: 1

Global Rank: 73

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Grid girls pose before the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on Yas Island.
Photographs: Darren Whiteside/Reuters

Middle East and Africa

Abu Dhabi

Country: United Arab Emirates

Regional Rank: 2

Global Rank: 78

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: A tour guide stands with a group of tourists at a viewpoint overlooking Port Louis.
Photographs: Ed Harris/Reuters

Middle East and Africa

Port Louis

Country: Mauritius

Regional Rank: 3

Global Rank: 82

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Cityscape from Durban in South Africa.
Photographs: Euroluftbild.De/Reuters

Middle East and Africa

Durban

Country: South Africa

Regional Rank: 4

Global Rank: 85

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Some of the 530 bikini girls pose for a picture during an attempt to set a new world record for the most bikini-clad people in one photo shoot at the Camps Bay beach, Cape Town.
Photographs: Reuters

Middle East and Africa

Cape Town

Country: South Africa

Regional Rank: 5

Global Rank: 90

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: General view of Pointe-a-Pitre harbour , in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Central and South America

Pointe-a-Pitre

Country: Guadeloupe

Regional Rank: 1

Global Rank: 69

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Streets in Old San Juan.
Photographs: Kailuo Wang/Wikimedia Commons

Central and South America

San Juan

Country: Puerto Rico

Regional Rank: 2

Global Rank: 72

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Members of a "comparsa", a carnival band, participate in the "llamadas" parade in Montevideo.
Photographs: Andres Stapff/Reuters

Central and South America

Montevideo

Country: Uruguay

Regional Rank: 3

Global Rank: 77

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: Woman walk with polo magazines at the Campo Argentino de Polo in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

Central and South America

Buenos Aires

Country: Argentina

Regional Rank: 4

Global Rank: 81

Cities where you can live life to the fullest

Image: A reveller takes part in the Cultural Carnival in Valparaiso city, about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Santiago.
Photographs: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters

Central and South America

Santiago

Country: Chile

Regional Rank: 5

Global Rank: 93