2014 Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings

Mercer, February 19, 2014

Vienna is the city with the world’s best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living rankings, in which European cities dominate. Zurich and Auckland follow in second and third place, respectively. Munich is in fourth place, followed by Vancouver, which is also the highest-ranking city in North America. Ranking 25 globally, Singapore is the highest-ranking Asian city, whereas Dubai (73) ranks first across Middle East and Africa. The city of Pointe-à-Pitre (69), Guadeloupe, takes the top spot for Central and South America.

Mercer conducts its Quality of Living survey annually to help multinational companies and other employers compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Two common incentives include a quality-of-living allowance and a mobility premium. A quality-of-living or “hardship” allowance compensates for a decrease in the quality of living between home and host locations, whereas a mobility premium simply compensates for the inconvenience of being uprooted and having to work in another country. Mercer’s Quality of Living reports provide valuable information and hardship premium recommendations for over 460 cities throughout the world, the ranking covers 223 of these cities.

Political instability, high crime levels, and elevated air pollution are a few factors that can be detrimental to the daily lives of expatriate employees their families and local residents. To ensure that compensation packages reflect the local environment appropriately, employers need a clear picture of the quality of living in the cities where they operate, said Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer.

Mr Parakatil added: “In a world economy that is becoming more globalised, cities beyond the traditional financial and business centres are working to improve their quality of living so they can attract more foreign companies. This year’s survey recognises so-called ‘second tier’ or ‘emerging’ cites and points to a few examples from around the world. These cities have been investing massively in their infrastructure and attracting foreign direct investments by providing incentives such as tax, housing, or entry facilities. Emerging cities will become major players that traditional financial centres and capital cities will have to compete with.”

Europe

Vienna is the highest-ranking city globally. In Europe, it is followed by Zurich (2), Munich (4), Düsseldorf (6), and Frankfurt (7). “European cities enjoy a high overall quality of living compared to those in other regions. Healthcare, infrastructure, and recreational facilities are generally of a very high standard. Political stability and relatively low crime levels enable expatriates to feel safe and secure in most locations. The region has seen few changes in living standards over the last year,” said Mr Parakatil.

Ranking 191 overall, Tbilisi, Georgia, is the lowest-ranking city in Europe. It continues to improve in its quality of living, mainly due to a growing availability of consumer goods, improving internal stability, and developing infrastructure. Other cities on the lower end of Europe’s ranking include: Minsk (189), Belarus; Yerevan (180), Armenia; Tirana (179), Albania; and St Petersburg (168), Russia. Ranking 107, Wroclaw, Poland, is an emerging European city. Since Poland’s accession to the European Union, Wroclaw has witnessed tangible economic growth, partly due to its talent pool, improved infrastructure, and foreign and internal direct investments. The EU named Wroclaw as a European Capital of Culture for 2016.

Americas

Canadian cities dominate North America’s top-five list. Ranking fifth globally, Vancouver tops the regional list, followed by Ottawa (14), Toronto (15), Montreal (23), and San Francisco (27). The region’s lowest-ranking city is Mexico City (122), preceded by four US cities: Detroit (70), St. Louis (67), Houston (66), and Miami (65). Mr Parakatil commented: “On the whole, North American cities offer a high quality of living and are attractive working destinations for companies and their expatriates. A wide range of consumer goods are available, and infrastructures, including recreational provisions, are excellent.”

In Central and South America, the quality of living varies substantially. Pointe-à-Pitre (69), Guadeloupe, is the region’s highest-ranked city, followed by San Juan (72), Montevideo (77), Buenos Aires (81), and Santiago (93). Manaus (125), Brazil, has been identified as an example of an emerging city in this region due to its major industrial centre which has seen the creation of the “Free Economic Zone of Manaus,” an area with administrative autonomy giving Manaus a competitive advantage over other cities in the region. This zone has attracted talent from other cities and regions, with several multinational companies already settled in the area and more expected to arrive in the near future.

“Several cities in Central and South America are still attractive to expatriates due to their relatively stable political environments, improving infrastructure, and pleasant climate,” said Mr Parakatil. “But many locations remain challenging due to natural disasters, such as hurricanes often hitting the region, as well as local economic inequality and high crime rates. Companies placing their workers on expatriate assignments in these locations must ensure that hardship allowances reflect the lower levels of quality of living.”

Asia Pacific

Singapore (25) has the highest quality of living in Asia, followed by four Japanese cities: Tokyo (43), Kobe (47), Yokohama (49), and Osaka (57). Dushanbe (209), Tajikistan, is the lowest-ranking city in the region. Mr Parakatil commented: “Asia has a bigger range of quality-of-living standard amongst its cities than any other region. For many cities, such as those in South Korea, the quality of living is continually improving. But for others, such as some in China, issues like pervasive poor air pollution are eroding their quality of living.”

With their considerable growth in the last decade, many second-tier Asian cities are starting to emerge as important places of business for multinational companies. Examples include Cheonan (98), South Korea, which is strategically located in an area where several technology companies have operations. Over the past decades, Pune (139), India has developed into an education hub and home to IT, other high-tech industries, and automobile manufacturing. The city of Xian (141), China has also witnessed some major developments, such as the establishment of an “Economic and Technological Development Zone” to attract foreign investments. The city is also host to various financial services, consulting, and computer services.

Elsewhere, New Zealand and Australian cities rank high on the list for quality of living, with Auckland and Sydney ranking 3 and 10, respectively.

Middle East and Africa

With a global rank of 73, Dubai is the highest-ranked city in the Middle East and Africa region. It is followed by Abu Dhabi (78), UAE; Port Louis (82), Mauritius; and Durban (85) and Cape Town (90), South Africa. Durban has been identified as an example of an emerging city in this region, due to the growth of its manufacturing industries and the increasing importance of the shipping port. Generally, though, this region dominates the lower end of the quality of living ranking, with five out of the bottom six cities; Baghdad (223) has the lowest overall ranking.

“The Middle East and especially Africa remain one of the most challenging regions for multinational organisations and expatriates. Regional instability and disruptive political events, including civil unrest, lack of infrastructure and natural disasters such as flooding, keep the quality of living from improving in many of its cities. However, some cities that might not have been very attractive to foreign companies are making efforts to attract them,” said Mr Parakatil.

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  • MekongDelta69

    There are probably MORE (correct speaking) English speakers in Mexico City than there are in DIE-Troit!

    Nahmeen?
    Nahmsayin?

    • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

      That’s because the Mexican elites are white.

      • AutomaticSlim

        And those same elites, like Vincente Fox, push real hard for open borders.
        They want to export as many thugs as possible.

  • WR_the_realist

    This must be the most politically incorrect ranking of all time. Five of the top seven cities in the ranking speak German.

    • Alexandra1973

      Makes me even happier about my German ancestry. :)

      • Tarczan

        It’s not the Germans, but rather the lack of darkies.

        • So CAL Snowman

          It’s BOTH

        • Geo1metric

          Germany dominates the triangle of creativity in C. Murray’s book, HUMAN ACCOMPLISHMENT.

          • So CAL Snowman

            Also, Spengler was right.

        • Katherine McChesney

          My uncle was stationed in Germany. He told me that German girls were attract to and pursued American black soldiers. He said they tested German girls before they would date them by asking them to count to ten. If they replied “one, two, three, fo” they dropped them like a hot potato.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      The author must be another naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

      • blight14

        Indeed……..

      • Randall Ward

        Where did that comment come from? Do you have Germanphobia?

  • Alexandra1973

    Makes me even more glad I got out of there in ’93.

    Now living in semi-rural Ohio. In a village that’s 97% White.

    • Geo1metric

      Good for you. You have done what all Whites who can, should do.

  • Extropico

    In summary, the best places to live tend to be Germanic areas who have yet to succumb to the spectacular failure of antiWhite multiculturalism.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I’ve always maintained that the Germans are the cream of the crop of the White race. That is why they were targeted not once, but twice for genocide under the pretext of “World War”

      • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

        Targeted by who, So CAL Snowman? Never mind, I think I know.

        • bilderbuster

          The Amish.

          • blight14

            As RamzPaul likes to say, the ‘Finns’……..

      • Geo1metric

        See my comment above.

      • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

        The first one was the result of disastrously inept diplomacy on their part.

        • Jesse_from_Sweden

          No, the first one was a result of a large military and political alliances, mobilization issues and ultimately the assassination of a politically important prince of the now extinct Austro-Hungarian empire.

          The war was invevitable once the that action had gained momentum and there was a large number of grievances from various nations that made sure it didn’t stop.

          The germans were probably the ones who wanted the war the least but they were in the most vulnerable position and as such had the option between striking first once it became clear what was about to happen, or wait until their enemies was at their full power and could overwhelm them.
          The germans greatest asset was that they had a large, well-trained standing army, but their enemies had more manpower, economy and industry.

          • Randall Ward

            Good and accurate post. You left out President W. Wilson; who singlehanded entered the US into an unnecessary war.

      • saxonsun

        No. In the ancient world, it was the Greeks and in the modern, the English.

      • Randall Ward

        USA citizens are trained to hate Germans. The truth of the matter is Germany and German people everywhere have been treated badly throught history. During WWII 90% of US soldiers did not understand why they were killing Germans and were against it. After the war the G.I.s that were stationed in the German areas quickly fell in love with Germany.

        • Le Fox

          Last I checked, they had a good reason for killing them. All is fair in love and war, my friend. Germany was allies with Japan, and so America in her glory decided to knock both pegs out.

          It worked rather well, don’t you think?

          • Randall Ward

            With your simple view of history, you can’t be anything but a liberal. Bet you think you are a conservative.

          • Le Fox

            No, I’m not a liberal, but you probably wish I was because it’d be easier to point fingers and laugh.

            Anyways, I actually agree with you. However, I also go by real history, so as much as you wish me to have a ‘simple view of it’, I actually don’t. My earlier comment might suggest that, but really, I don’t.

            Like I said, I agree with you and I don’t believe that every single German was the boogeyman. They are, after all, human. But not all of them were innocent, either. But that goes for everyone.

            My apologies for the sarcasm earlier.

      • Le Fox

        Hmm? No Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, Nordics or otherwise?

        Plus, 11 million Axis versus 61 of Allies seems to be a skewed genocide, eh?

    • Soul Hunter

      The middle easterners are coloring the salt shaker
      with significant numbers ..

  • Tarczan

    Cleveland magazine publishes an issue every year where they rank the suburbs. One of the factors they use is diversity; so if a town doesn’t have any darkies they are not diverse enough. I wonder if they actually believe it.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Ask them how diverse their own neighborhoods are and you’ll just get a lot of stammering and bewilderment. Anything but the honest truth.

    • WR_the_realist

      That’s the only way to get diverse places high up in the rankings — make diversity itself be a major factor in the rankings.

      • blight14

        When in reality its a complete deal breaker….

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    It’s no surprise that the top 5 cities are located in white majority countries. Only white people are capable of building the most livable, economically prosperous cities.

    • Soul Hunter

      You’re just going to have to change your perception
      of the White race doing positive things . . . frankly, the white man shoots himself in the foot by allowing his lands to be over run by foreigners .. it’s a slow process that’s felt in real time ..

  • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

    I am not suprised about Vienna, but my own favorite European city is Trieste.

    • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

      Trieste sounds romantic. Euros are good at creating lovely, romantic cities.

      • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

        Trieste is a combination of Italian, Slavic and German culture. The food is amazing.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I’m very partial to Galway, Ireland and Swansea, Wales.

      • AngloWelsh

        I live in Swansea. Glad you like it. The bay is beautiful, as is the nearby Gower Peninsula. Unfortunately, the intake into my local primary school seems to be predominantly Muslim, so this (happy-ish) state of affairs may not last very long…

  • So CAL Snowman

    Vancouver won’t last another 10 years in that number 5 spot (too many Chinese). Although I have to say that Vancouver is my favorite city in North America by a landslide. I imagine Vancouver must be what the major American cities were like before Hurricane Diversity struck.

    • Extropico

      I visited Vancouver in 2010. It is really nice. They have financially benefited from wealthy Chinese investing there, but Whites are now a minority. I drove through the downtown and the Asian homeless people were one of the aspects I recall the most.

      • So CAL Snowman

        Exactly, a FEW Chinese are okay if their numbers are properly maintained, but when it goes majority non – White it’s over. Not that I would ever advocate for ANY non-Whites in Vancouver, but it can maintain it’s ethnic character with limited Chinese investment, very limited.

        • Homo_Occidentalis

          The death knell for many Canadian cities was when “Chinatown” ceased being a contained entity and started to refer to the entire urban core. Vancouver, Toronto, and a few other towns have already suffered this fate. Toronto, however, also has its fair share of blacks, Hindus, and Mohammedans.

          • Extropico

            I went into several malls in the Seattle and Vancouver areas in 2010. I rarely was able to spot a White person. Virtually all Asians.

          • Soul Hunter

            Asians know where the fish are ..

          • Bossman

            Witch is worse, Hispanics or Chinese? Given a choice, I’ll take Hispanics any day over dull and boring Chinese people.

          • Soul Hunter

            Think of it as how would you prefer to have your great grand children look . . . brown skin or yellow ?

          • Bossman

            That isn’t much of a choice.

          • MBlanc46

            And whether you want them to have an IQ of 90 or 105.

          • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

            My daughter is half Japanese and 3/32 Amerind. Aside from her epicanthic eyefolds, Ariadne looks white. My wife and I joke about wondering who her mother was.

          • Soul Hunter

            I’m not kidding, I think as time continues and if
            the species of man survives, eventually there will again be only one race of people . . .sort of a mongrel species of man if you will . . .lol . . .through the course of the time IMO, man has been and will always be a flash in the Cosmic pan.

          • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

            I suspect there will always be different races.

          • Bossman

            The Natives of the Americas have less mongoloid eyes. The number one kind of plastic surgery in East Asia is what is called double eyelid surgery; very popular in Japan, Korea and China. Hispanic women don’t need that to look attractive.

          • Viv Jasper

            No way. Hispanic men tend to be creepy perverts who love to harass young white girls, even as young as preteens. My city is completely infested with them. I can’t count the times that I’ve been propositioned, had nasty comments directed at me, or had to dodge or block the hand of some brown pervert trying to cop a feel. Of course these days I’m more concerned about my pretty teenaged daughter. I think violent thoughts when I see some old fat Mexican dude ogling her. Our neighborhood is white, but we still run across them everywhere we go in public. Ugh.

          • Bossman

            I don’t think a man who appreciates the beauty of a pretty teenage girl can be described as a pervert. I’ve other ideas of what a pervert is.

          • Viv Jasper

            Lol … Okay, I agree, but I don’t think I was implying that appreciation of a beautiful girl is perverse. I see lots of guys casting appreciative glances at my daughter, and I’m a reasonable and understanding person about that. You (guys in general) can look, but I’d prefer you not block her path, forcing her to stand there waiting for you to move out of her way, so you can openly ogle her breasts and rear-end. And it would be nice if you don’t “accidentally” rub up against her in a crowded hallway, or make a grab for her breasts. And I’d really prefer it if you, while appreciating her beauty, could refrain from making comments about the things you would like to do to her private body parts.

            We can agree to disagree about what a pervert is, but I find that Hispanic men have a strong tendency to behave in a manner that is extremely offensive, disrespectful, occasionally intimidating, and always gross, toward young girls. I’m glad that most white men understand know how to appreciate a beautiful girl without being a-holes about it.

          • newscomments70

            I am guessing you are in Florida, but what you describe could be anywhere in the US.

          • Viv Jasper

            Texas. And sadly, you are right; this is happening all over the country.

          • newscomments70

            I knew it wasn’t California, because we simply don’t have any white neighborhoods in most locations. I thought of moving to Florida from California…it just seems like out of the fire, into the frying pan, demographically speaking.

          • Viv Jasper

            California is such a beautiful state. If only …

          • newscomments70

            It’s paradise lost. It was ruined by so many destructive policies. I blame liberals, but I also blame the neo-con Republicans who wanted cheap labor. It’s so depressing. I live in such a beautiful area, but I’m surrounded by devastation.

          • Einsatzgrenadier

            Thanks to the dictators in Ottawa, Toronto has gone from being a clean, socially conservative WASP city to a 3rd world multicult hellhole. 3rd world immigrants have culturally enriched Toronto with the 2nd highest rate of unemployment among Canada’s municipalities. The psychopaths in the Canadian government take sadistic pleasure in ethnically cleansing whites by importing large numbers of racially inferior 3rd world filth.

            What has mass 3rd world immigration done for Canada? Nothing, apart from giving the country a significantly larger population. It’s also made the country meaner, nastier, uglier, browner and stupider. Future generations of whites will curse us and spit on our graves for turning the country into Brazil North.

          • Extropico

            Some of the immigrants are fine and add something to society, but the numbers are too high and the specific goal of eradicating the White majority is not a universal precept that will withstand moral scrutiny.

          • newscomments70

            I would say the West Coast will be more like Brazil. It will be heavily hispanic with a sizeable Asian minority. There will be a few white villages in rural areas. (the government will destroy that though with bussing, section 8 housing, etc)

        • Soul Hunter

          Simple numbers isn’t it . . .fact is, White people are a minority in the world, and the customary White homelands are being over run.. So, with the declining birthrate of the White’s and the continuous immigration of White lands
          by non-whites it spells; . . . . . . The End

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Actually, wealthy Chinese investors are buying up all of the affordable real estate in Hongcouver. This has driven up the cost of housing and priced local residents out of the market. It’s also one of the main factors behind the largest internal mass migration in recent Canadian history: white flight from the major cities to more suburban and rural areas of the country.

        • Extropico

          Your wording is a bit more accurate than mine. Yes, many Chinese, who are wealthy from our foolish and unbalanced trade policy, then displace us in our nations. The Japanese were on the march in the 1980s until their stock market burst and the demographic wave turned against them. The difference is that there are 10 times as many Chinese as Japanese.

    • bilderbuster

      It was great when I was there back in 01 but it had a seedy side & more Chinese & Paki-somethings than I expected & from what I’ve read their population of minorities has grown alarmingly.

  • Geo1metric

    This ranking reinforces the concept that culture flows directly from the gene pool.

  • thomas edward

    I know it’s a small “city,” but Camden, here in the people’s republic of new jersey should always get honorable mention in these contests for the worst.

    • Anglokraut

      The booby prize?

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    … whereas Dubai (73) ranks first across Middle East and Africa.

    Notice the subtle deception here, lumping in the sub-Saharans with the Semitic races, as though they were at all comparable.

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    I always laugh at the idiotic articles touting Mexico and other places in Central and South America to white retirees. These rankings are a better place to start looking for a place to live than the worthless opinions of some libtard writer who is enchanted by diversity. As for me, Reykjavic Iceland has an nice appeal as a place with a white lifestyle.

    • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

      Argentina might be nice.

      • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

        Adolf Hitler retired there. But seriously, it may allegedly be 90 percent white but it’s in the middle of another economic and political crisis due to a socialist dictator’s ineptitude.

        • Chris Granzow XI

          Chile is pretty much the new Argentina. It has the same demographics, but actually has a functioning economy and non-socialist government who pass pro-business laws.

          • Bantu_Education

            A leftist woman whose father was executed by Pinochet has just been elected.

          • Chris Granzow XI

            There goes the neighborhood..

        • Bantu_Education

          “Allegedly” is the operative word. Those of pure European extract are no more than 50-60%. Until about 1830 Argentina was 25-30% negro. What happened to them? Go figure as they say.

      • Bantu_Education

        Argentina is a very corrupt and run-down country – untidiness is the over-riding theme. Litter everywhere, broken pavements, fuming trucks and cars and motorbikes with no exhaust and no lights. Anything imported is immediately double price, and thats if you can find it. Buenos Aires and other large cities very crime ridden. Argentina was only successful whilst it was able to get a steady stream of European immigrants. Many Argies have Indian and Negro genes.

  • IstvanIN

    Detroit is worse than Mexico City? I am shocked, how could any large city be worse than Detroit?

    • Alexandra1973

      I have to wonder how many blacks in Mexico City.

  • newscomments70

    “Durban has been identified as an example of an emerging city in this region” Why does Durban have to be “emerging”? It used to be one of the most beautiful, safest cities in the world. Now it is a third world hell hole. It is not “emerging”.

    • Bantu_Education

      I don’t believe anywhere in S.Africa was ever really safe, compared to Europe. Quite impossible with that many Bantu.

      • newscomments70

        I was speaking in relative terms, viewing before and after photos. I also used to have a co-worker from that area. I don’t know exactly how things were. It is always interesting to hear from South Africans on these issues.

      • Grantland

        It was safe enough for my mother to shoo us out of the house and tell us to “go play” without a care in the world. I’d take my airgun and disappear into the suburban empty plots and woods – not at all concerned about black types who might or might not be around smoking or slacking off. Of course whitey was in charge, then, and he did not put up with aberrancy.

  • dd121

    These “top 10″ lists of anything seems to reflect the author’s prejudices rather than reality.

  • Spartacus

    “Asia has a bigger range of quality-of-living standard amongst its
    cities than any other region. For many cities, such as those in South
    Korea, the quality of living is continually improving. ”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    That’s because they don’t have a bunch of darkies around there, do they ?

    • Bossman

      How about North Korea? It is supposed to be a hell-hole. One official there told a US reporter that communism has kept North Korea completely free of Blacks. The USA pumped a lot of money into South Korea as a way to showcase that capitalism works.

      • Spartacus

        North Korea is paying the price for living by a jewish ideology that was created to enslave the goyim . It’s just that there weren’t any jews to be the slave-masters, so the Kim clan of idiots filled the gap .

        • better_times

          This is irrational.

      • bilderbuster

        It might not be Black free forever if Krazy Kim keeps letting Dennis Rodman & his homies use it as their playground.

        • Magician

          Hahaha….. I wonder if folks in N. Korea like women with very large butts and very loud voices

          • bilderbuster

            I doubt it because nobody else does but who knows?
            I understand they’ll eat anything in N.Korea.

  • Bossman

    I stayed in Vancouver for a while. It rained almost everyday during winter. There are almost no manufacturing jobs there. It seems many lowlifes from across Canada go there to collect their welfare checks and do nothing.

  • DailyKenn

    Cities aside, note that Iceland, the Falklands, and the Isle of Man have almost non-existent crime rates.

  • Korean guy

    When I was in highschool, a girl from Australia randomly found me and started talking with me. She and I mostly talked in the morning in Canada. It was evening in her country. I would joke to her that, “If I swim to Australia, would you show me around Sydney and Canberra?” I asked her what Santa Clause looks like in Australia, because it is very warm around Christmas time in Australia, and she told me the Australian Santa looks just like other Santas around the world.

    • bilderbuster

      No way!
      Really?

      • Korean guy

        YA RLY :)

    • newscomments70

      I spent Christmas in Australia. It simply did not feel like Christmas. In the US Christmas is more exciting and includes religion and family. In Australia it just seemed like a time for friends to get together, drink, go to the beach, etc. The religous aspect of it was absent. It was quite pleasant until the race riot erupted. (no joke)

    • WR_the_realist

      So Santa Claus is absurdly over dressed when he pops down the chimney in Australia. I didn’t know that.

  • Bantu_Education

    Surprising to anyone who knows South Africa that Durban (85) would score higher than Cape Town (90). Durban is over-run with Bantu and I find it hard to believe the quality of life there is better than in Cape Town which is still relatively safe for whites.

  • Truth Teller

    My parents retired to Vienna and lived there the last 15 years of my Father’s life. Mother worked as a teacher. They absolutely loved it and claimed it was superior to any part of America.

    • saxonsun

      And your folks are right.

  • Garrett Brown

    Vienna, strangely lacking much diversity, best place to live.

    • newscomments70

      A young British man I spoke to recently visited Vienna. He was constantly accosted by Turks/Muslims…both verbally and physically.

      • Garrett Brown

        It’s still 90% white according to Mundi.

        • newscomments70

          Middle Easterners are probably counted as white. The real number is more like 40-50%.

        • newscomments70

          Middle-easterners are probably counted as white. i.e. Turks and Algerians would be considered “Caucasian”. Whites are more likely 40% of the population in Vienna. Rural areas are still mostly white though.

  • Korean guy

    I assure you you will have a wonderful time if you do ever decide to visit South Korea!! You can also visit North Korea if you choose to. People with South Korean citizenship are legally prohibited from visiting North Korea, but with any other type of a passport, you can. I can also visit North Korea if I want to, because I have the Canadian citizenship at the moment. But it will still be rather dangerous for me to visit North Korea.

    ( Some people who paid a visit to North Korea say the local women are very beautiful, and coincidentally, we have a “funny and playful” saying in South Korea that North Korea has better looking women and South Korea has better looking guys )

    If you want me to list a few more interesting things I read about North Korea,

    – North Korea imports garbage from Nordic countries to use as a fuel to keep them warm in winter. It becomes ridiculously cold in winter in North Korea. North Korea and China also import ears of pigs from Europe so they can cook those and eat.

    – The language spoken in North Korea is mildly different from the language spoken in South Korea. The government of North Korea intentionally modified the language so they can differentiate themselves from South Korea. When I see and hear a North Korean video clip, I can understand roughly 90% of it. North Korea forces all public schools to teach their children that South Korea is vastly inferior to North Korea in all aspects.

    – I have never personally met a North Korean person in my life. My parents have.

    – North Korean websites cannot be viewed in South Korea. I am not aware if South Korean websites can be viewed in North Korea.

    – They eat mice in winter because they honestly have nothing else to eat in winter. And if they do capture a large healthy adult mouse, it is a very lucky day in North Korea.

    – The guy who dressed up as Kim Jr. was the winner of the best costume award last Halloween

    – In elementary schools in South Korea, children are taught to care about and love North Korea and it will be wonderful if the two Koreas become one Korea just like East and West Germany did, but all people over the age of 25 in South Korea say that should never happen. All South Korean adults know that it will cost endless and astronomical amounts of money to finance North Korea to become one with South Korea. Adults in South Korea say it will be better if the two Koreas simply become close friends, rather than one country.

    • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

      Mice were also eaten in ancient Rome. I don’t pick on people for what they eat; the last regular cannibals in Europe were the Scots and Irish.

      There is only one food in the universe that contains every nutrient needed by the human body!

      • Garrett Brown

        Whale penis!

      • Xerxes22

        The Scots and Irish were never cannibals. That was just propaganda put out by their English enemies to justify their wars of aggression.

        • saxonsun

          Well…I once saw a news article complete with pictures of a mob of Irish men dragging two English soldiers out of a car and pulling them to pieces. That’s the only white ethnic group, besides Slave, who behave like that. So maybe the English were right.

          • Xerxes22

            They were two British army members in plain clothes who were caught spying on a Republican funeral. They were suspected of being part of a Loyalist murder gang. That’s why they were killed. This incident came only a few days after a murderous attack on a Republican funeral by one of Her Majesty’s loyal British subjects. So tensions were very high that day. The British army commander who sent those two men in without proper backup should have been court martialed for negligence.

      • newscomments70

        A certain kind of rat is actually a delicacy in China. That sounds disgusting, but most European countries serve rabbit. I love eating rabbit, and that is in the rodent family.

    • newscomments70

      I am flying to South Korea in the summer for a short business trip. Do you have any recommendations of what there is to see in 2-3 days? I think I want to visit the DMZ. I thought about the DPRK day tour that is available, but I’ve decided not to do that. I would appreciate any recommendation.

      • Bantu_Education

        To visit the DMZ you can’t just join a tour, you have to book at least a week in advance. I think they even psychologically vet anyone who wants to go because they have to be careful of nut-jobs – they don’t want any incidents. If you’re only there for a few days I suspect that’s not enough time to apply, so you should check beforehand if thats what you want to do.

        • newscomments70

          Thank you for your info. I did some research on it as well. It looks like a “hate America” tour. I don’t think I could sit through that. Also, once I have passed that border, they can do anything they want to me.

      • Korean guy

        I recommend the indoor theme park called “Lotte World” and it is located right beside one of the most well-known shopping malls in South Korea, named Lotte shopping mall. Also, there is a traditional Korean restaurant inside the shopping mall and you will be very delighted by the food they offer there. ( Make sure you ask for a fork and a knife if you are not used to chopsticks and spoons ) The indoor park and the shopping mall is located right beside a subway station and you can use Google Maps to get the directions. Also, try some traditional Korean liquor named “Mark – Gul – Rie”. It is made out of rice. If you cannot finish the Mark-Gul-Rie while visiting the traditional Korean restaurant, they can also give you a bottle so you can take the remainder home with you.

        I was born in a city called Ul-San. It is where Hyundai is headquartered in. Samsung is headquartered in Dae-Gu. All Koreans love the cute accents that the local Dae-Gu girls speak with. I have a friend whose dad was a painter, but passed away when he was very young, and now he works for Samsung.

        If you want to meet some South Korean university students, go to Shin-Chon area beside Shin-Chon station. In that area, there is the 2nd best university in South Korea named Yeonsei University and the best women’s university in Korea called E-Hwa Women’s University. The best university in South Korea is the Seoul National University but they are all super nerds and not as exciting, cultured and lively as students at Yeonsei University and E-Hwa University.

        And there are many batting cages in all over South Korea which you will absolutely love.

        In South Korea, foreign women are always welcome, but the locals tend to welcome foreign men a bit less. Many Koreans feel that young unmarried foreign men just come to Korea to party and/or cause trouble. However, married foreign men over the age of 35 are greatly respected there.

        • newscomments70

          Thanks for your information, I will have a look at these places. I have some experience with Korean food and I can definitey eat with chop sticks. Rice wine/liquor is not my thing, but I like Bokbunja ju very much. I thought about renting a car, but it looks like driving habits are too different to what I’m used to. If I am lost, is S.Korea English friendly enough to find my way back?

          • Korean guy

            Hahaha, Bokbunja Ju

            Well, you will see traffic jam a bit more frequently than you normally do in North America because the population density is a bit higher than other parts of the world, but it won’t be vastly different from the common North American driving culture.

            It depends on the person and the region. If you are travelling around metropolitan cities, and attempt to talk to someone around or below the age of 30, very likely you will be able to get some help. The local Koreans have nothing personal against visitors from other parts of the world. If you ever happen not to be able to get some help, that probably is because that person is too shy or not very fluent in English. Also, there are a plenty of students, instructors and visitors from North America, Russia and Europe everywhere in South Korea. You can also try to get some information from them. Russians can communicate in English. I always have had a relatively outgoing personality and I remember, when I was a little kid, I went to the indoor theme park I just mentioned to you, with a couple of friends, and while I was there we saw an adult man visiting from Japan while we were in the theme park and we actively approached him and tried to talk with him. We loved it. We were quite fascinated by him.

            Below is my favourite traditional Korean treat named Yak Gua. If you ever see this, try one. It won’t cost any more than 3USD

          • newscomments70

            An Asian female friend ridicules me for drinking Bokbunja. She calls it “Capri Sun” (a children’s grape drink) and claims I can’t handle the harder rice liquor. She is correct though.

            Thanks very much for your information. I’m sure I will have more questions for you as my plans progress.

  • scutum

    Five of the top ranking cities are in Germany. The germans have been the majority ethnic group in the US since the late 19th century and have contributed a great deal to all of our scientific and military successes. See the attached excerpt:

    49,206,934 Germans

    By far the largest ancestral group,
    stretching from coast to coast across 21st century America is German, with
    49,206,934 people. The peak immigration for Germans was in the mid-19th century
    as thousands were driven from their homes by unemployment and unrest.

    The majority of German-Americans can now be
    found in the the center of the nation, with the majority living in Maricopa
    County, Arizona and according to Business Insider, famous German-Americans
    include, Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Walt Disney, Henry J. Heinz and Oscar Mayer.

    Indeed, despite having no successful New
    World colonies, the first significant groups of German immigrants arrived in
    the United States in the 1670s and settled in New York and Pennsylvania.

    Germans were attracted to America for
    familiar reasons, open tracts of land and religious freedom and their
    contributions to the nation included establishing the first kindergartens,
    Christmas trees and hot dogs and hamburgers.

  • Spartacus

    Did you just compare Japanese, Chinese and Koreans with the semi-human simians of Africa ?

  • newscomments70

    One: I am not a WN. Most people on this site are not that radical. I believe in foreign trade to fight our trade deficit.
    Two: I am visiting S. Korea for a few days. I am not moving to South Korea to rape women/children and collect welfare.
    Three: I don’t have much interest in visting South Korea. I have to change planes there and I might as well get some work done, have a look around.
    Four: I have been to Koreatown in LA many times and I have Asian friends and colleagues in that area.

  • Viv Jasper

    Wait … Did I say that white men are “always polite” and “never sexually harass girls”? Scrolling back to review my last post) Nope, I wrote that “most” do not behave as a-holes. When I use the word “most” I don’t mean “all”. I’m not sure I understand your confusion, but I hope that clears things up.
    :-)

  • skara_brae

    When did Glasgow become part of “northern Scotland”?

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Pointe-à-Pitre has the highest quality of living in Central & South America, beating out Santiago, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Curitiba and Florianópolis? I highly doubt it. It looks like it could be a city in sub-saharan Africa.

  • Randall Ward

    I have read just about every “best place” book and they all have one thing in common, they are planned and written by liberals. The weight items like Opera availability high and some important things like housing afordabiltiy lower. Most measurements that matter to middle class people are not even included in the books and reports.

  • Grantland

    They are a blend of archaic homo sapiens and h rhodesiensis/ heidelbergensis. Everyone else is h sapiens sapiens. You’re welcome.

  • Spartacus

    Because Asians have actually created things, art, science, philosophy, while dark-skins like blacks are mud-hut dwellers who gang-rape one-year olds for magical powers . Because these dimwitted animals blame slavery centuries after it happened for their own inferiority, while Hiroshima had public transport back up just two weeks after it was nuked.

    Comparing one with the other is horrifically insulting, and if I were an Asian, I’d probably stab you with a Katana for it .

  • newscomments70

    Again, you are assuming many things, and you know nothing about me. I was contrasting myself to third world immigrants we have in the US, not Koreans. I don’t want third world immigrants invading white countries. You somehow applied that logic to me temporarily *visiting* an Asian country. I was explaining to you why one has nothing to do with the other.

  • newscomments70

    I believe rural areas in that country would be much better. David Duke moved to rural Austria, I believe.

  • Garrett Brown

    Vienna is 90% white.

  • Spartacus

    Believe it or not, there actually ARE Asians reading this. And most of them agree with me …

  • Brian

    Gnomesain is acceptable too. Whatever the spelling, we understand…

    Gnomesain?

  • Randall Ward

    A lot more middle class people hunt, fish, and shoot guns than go to the opera, yet those important parts of middle class peoples lives are not even in the books. You must not have read many of them.