It's official: London's not quite at the top when it comes to cities with the best infrastructure.
In fact, it's not in the top three globally. First place goes to Singapore, followed by Frankfurt and Munich in joint second, Copenhagen in fourth and Dusseldorf in fifth.
The capital does though, rank fairly highly, coming joint sixth with Hong Kong in Mercer's rankings of city infrastructure worldwide.
The findings were part of Mercer's 2017 Quality of Living Survey it recently released, where London came 40th overall.
The human resources consulting firm decided to compile a separate ranking for city infrastructure as it "plays an important role when multinationals decide where to establish locations abroad and send expatriate workers".
Among the considerations to rank the cities were easy access to transportation, reliable electricity and drinkable water, as well as public transport, traffic congestion and the range of international flights available.
Here are the 21 cities in the world with the best infrastructure:
|14.||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|16.||Dallas, Texas, US|
Baghdad and Port au Prince came bottom of the rankings.
Slagin Parakatil, principal at Mercer, said:
A city’s infrastructure, or rather the lack thereof, can considerably affect the quality of living that expatriates and their families experience on a daily basis.
A well-developed infrastructure can also be a key competitive advantage for cities and municipalities trying to attract multinational companies, talent, and foreign investments.