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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkey View Post
    I disagree about Honolulu. It has a lot of local culture; it's a really interesting Anglo-American/East Asian/Polynesian mix that you don't get anywhere else in the world.
    If you like cosmopolitanism, try LA, New York or London or Sydney instead. Much richer mix of cultures.

    It has a ton of activities... well, at least if you like the ocean.
    That's the issue. I dislike the beach and the ocean. I prefer forests and mountains. Other Hawaiian islands like Kauai and the main island are nice places for landscapes and nature, but Oahu not really, and it's not exactly easy or cheap to hop from one island to the next.

    It has a tropical climate, which a lot of people like, and it's not exactly a "boring" one.
    Hawaii has a pleasant climate, for sure, but like all tropical climates it is extremely boring. The lack of seasons means that you cannot look forward to the blossoms or spring, the greenery of summer, the colourful foliages of autumn or the snow in winter. It also makes food more boring. No mushrooms or game in autumn, no big splurge with foie gras and other delicacies when you need to get energy when the weather gets cold...

    It has a history I find interesting, personally.
    I already find Japanese history rather boring (by European, Middle Eastern or Chinese standards), so Hawaiian one...

    And I like Hawaiian food.
    The only good food I had in Hawaii was Mexican. We had Japanese at the Sheraton and it was inedible (coming from Tokyo). Chinese food was the worst Chinese I had (we tried many places). Etc.

    Your objections do highlight a problem with these sorts of studies, though. You'd likely be miserable in Honolulu, and thereby have a lower quality of life there than in places ranked below it. So I prefer "where should you live?"-type quizzes better than these sorts of surveys that pretend to be objective.
    Let's agree on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    Mercer has released its 2011 city ranking for Quality of Living.

    1) Vienna
    2) Zurich
    3 Auckland
    4) Munich
    5) Düsseldorf
    -) Vancouver
    7) Frankfurt
    8) Geneva
    9) Bern
    -) Copenhagen
    11) Sydney
    12) Amsterdam
    13) Wellington
    14) Ottawa
    15) Toronto
    16) Hamburg
    17) Berlin
    18) Melbourne
    19) Luxembourg
    20) Stockholm.
    I can't believe both Sydney and Melbourne made the top 20. Ok they are clean and wages, health care etc are good, but they also have high crime, public transport is woeful, no culture or history to speak of, and not much to see or do unless one is interested in sport or shopping, ugh.

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    Definitely a weird result. Vienna is nice though, I just don't see any link between the top contenders. Düsseldrof is indeed a surprise runner up. Prague should be on top of the list, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimmerianbloke View Post
    Definitely a weird result. Vienna is nice though, I just don't see any link between the top contenders. Düsseldrof is indeed a surprise runner up. Prague should be on top of the list, IMO.
    The problem with Mercer's ranking is that it is a completely artificial list based solely on vague statistic markers like GDP, crime rate (possibly with different way of calculating or reporting in each country), or things that just don't matter for quality of living in the developed world like internal stability. They fail to integrate what really matters to the quality of life, such as climate (especially days of sunlight), quality of housing (how do you assess that with statistics ?), the beauty and atmosphere of the city (if they did Düsseldorf would never make the top 50) or the quality and diversity of restaurants (not just their number). They take into account factors such as the availability of consumer goods, which may have been important 50 years ago, but not in the age of e-commerce and home deliveries.

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    Oslo would be my absolute favorite if it wasn't for the ridiculously high prices and the cold winters. It's simply one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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