Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, among the ten locations with the best quality of life in the world
Spain is the only country in the world that can boast two cities among the top ten places with the highest quality of life in the world: Madrid and Palma de Mallorca.
These are the conclusions of a study by the international team at Knight Frank, which takes into account various factors such as culture, education, cost of living, leisure activities, the range of top quality restaurants and the climate.
In this ranking, Dubai was considered the city with the highest quality of life in the world, due to its 350 days of sunshine a year, the low cost of living there, the wide variety of luxury leisure activities and the educational facilities available to foreigners looking to find a school for their children.
Meanwhile, the largest island in the Balearic archipelago, Mallorca, came in second place as a result of its 300 days of sunshine a year and the high scores it received in the other general factors being evaluated.
Madrid, the capital of Spain did achieve tenth place in this ranking thanks to its luxury leisure activities and the reasonable prices at which they are offered.
Otherwise, the list of the top ten destinations in the world for quality of life is made up of the Cayman Islands in third place, followed by Geneva and Cyprus, with London placed in sixth position, then Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland and Monaco.
However, this study also makes a mention of the top destinations in which to retire. In this case, the best places to live a quiet life are: Auckland, Ottawa, Mallorca and the Virgin Islands. According to Knight Frank, this ranking took into account public transport, the range of cuisine, leisure for seniors, safety, the cost of living and a mild climate.
And in the section on the best cities in which to start a new life, this study reveals that Auckland, Geneva, the Cayman Islands and Monaco are the best locations in which to pursue a career. The main reasons are their political stability and the tax breaks they offer to their citizens.