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"Can there be a city that is crime and pollution free, with excellent public transport and great schools to boast?

Human resources consulting firm Mercer has put together a list of cities that come closest to offering you all that. In its 2012 Quality of Living report it looks at living conditions in 221 cities worldwide and ranks them against New York as a base city in 10 categories - economy, socio-cultural environment, politics, education, and healthcare.

Cities in some of the world's biggest economies like the U.S. and Japan don't make the cut. So, which are the world's best places to live in? Read ahead to find out."

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Zurich, Switzerland

3. Auckland, New Zealand

4. Munich, Germany

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Dusseldorf, Germany

7. Frankfurt, Germany

8. Geneva, Switzerland

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. (Tied) Bern, Switzerland

10. (Tied) Sydney, Australia

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Those are "quality of living" rankings. Other Canadian cities ranked in the top 50:

Ottawa 14th

Toronto 15th

Montreal 23rd

Calgary 32nd

Obviously, individuals will differ on the weighting of each category. Is public transit more important than affordability of housing?

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