Mercer Consulting recently released its 2009 Quality of Living Survey, which documents the cities of the world which provide the best quality of life, based on a number of factors. The survey is partly designed to help major companies in determining where to place employees on international assignments. The 2009 list is dominated by European countries, with over 20 of the 30 countries listed being in Europe.

Here's the top 5:

1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Geneva, Switzerland
4 (tie). Vancouver, Canada
4 (tie). Auckland, New Zealand

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