21st in Europe, 41st in the world.
Milan is celebrated as the Italian city with the highest quality of living, according to Mercer, the world's largest human resources consulting firm, based in New York.
The eagerly awaited annual quality of life index, published this week, has placed the city in a leading position after taking into account local living conditions in more than 440 cities surveyed worldwide.
In the rest of Italy, Rome comes in at rank 53. Vienna is for the seventh time the leading city on the index in Europe, followed by Zurich, Munich, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.
Worldwide, Vienna and Zurich still take the top two places, followed by the New Zealand capital Auckland.
The Mercer Quality of Living Survey assesses quality of living conditions to help multinational companies and other employers fairly compensate employees when placing them on international assignments. Mercer has more than 20,500 employees, is based in more than 40 countries, and operates internationally in more than 130 countries including Italy, where it has offices in Milan and Rome.
Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories, including their political, economic and socio-cultural environments, medical and health considerations, schools and education, services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing and natural environment.
When salary and expense account discussions come round again, workers in Sana’a, Bangui and Baghdad will no doubt wield the authoritative index to point out that they live in lowest graded cities on this year’s edition, while Kabul doesn’t even get a mention among the 230 workplaces listed.