From Singapore to London: Here are the cities with the best infrastructure in the world

Rebecca Smith
Singapore's mass rapid transit system spans the entire city-state
Singapore's mass rapid transit system spans the entire city-state (Source: Getty)

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.

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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.

German cities dominated the top five but Singapore took the top spot
German cities dominated the top five but Singapore took the top spot (Source: Mercer)

Here are the 21 cities in the world with the best infrastructure:

Ranking City
1. Singapore
2. Frankfurt, Germany
2. Munich, Germany
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
5. Dusseldorf, Germany
6. Hong Kong
6. London, UK
8. Sydney, Australia
9. Hamburg, Germany
9. Vancouver, Canada
9. Zurich, Switzerland
12. Yokohama, Japan
13. Paris, France
14. Atlanta, Georgia, USA
15. Montreal, Canada
16. Dallas, Texas, US
17. Toronto, Canada
17. Vienna, Austria
19. Helsinki, Finland
19. Oslo, Norway
19. Stockholm, Sweden

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.

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