Baghdad Is the Worst Place in the World to Live

November 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM Leave a comment

So America, after hundreds of billions of dollars and roughly 100,000 lives lost, this is Baghdad today (thanks George!):

Vienna’s excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey which put Baghdad firmly in last place.

German and Swiss cities also performed especially well in the quality of living rankings, with Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva and Bern in the top 10.

The Austrian capital, with its ornate buildings, public parks and extensive bicycle network recently reduced the cost of its annual public transport ticket to 1 euro a day.

Serious crime is rare and the city of around 1.7 million inhabitants regularly tops global quality of life surveys.


Baghdad’s political turmoil, poor security enforcement and attacks on local people and foreigners made it the worst place to live in 2011, both in terms of life quality and safety.

Photo: Khalid Mohammed / AP

America, I’m ashamed of us.

If you’d like to see the full list of most livable cities based on (1) quality of life, and (2) personal safety, go here.  The highest ranked U.S. city in the quality of life category is Honolulu at #29.  There are no U.S. cities in the personal safety category.



Entry filed under: George W. Bush and Co., Wars.

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