Wednesday, June 8, 2016
What it's really like to live in one of the cities with the best quality of life in the world
Rebecca Griffiths/Business Insider
Bern in Switzerland is considered one of best cities to live in the world.
The Alpine city ranked 14th in the annual "Quality of Living Index" of one of the world's largest HR consultancy firms, Mercer, and as the second-safest city in the world in the group's separate rankings.
According to London-based think tank Legatum Institute in its annual global Prosperity Index, Switzerland overall is the second happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free country in the world.
Glassdoor also showed that Switzerland has the best standard of living in Europe because of its on average high salaries of over €50,000 (£39,038, $56,838) and strong purchasing power.
Basically, Bern sounds pretty amazing. Travel experts point out that it's underrated because it is less well known than Switzerland's huge financial hubs, Zurich and Geneva.
So what makes Bern great?
Rebecca Griffiths is a cardiovascular admissions manager for a large NHS Foundation Trust in London, but she went to Switzerland for a month to experience and learn about the healthcare system as part of the multidisciplinary Hope Exchange programme.
"The quality of life in Switzerland, and very much so in Bern, is of a very high standard. People take care of themselves. Work-life balance was good," Griffiths said.
She gave us the inside track on why the Swiss city is so incredible and one of the best places to live and work in the world and how it compares to London: