From 2001 to 2008 and 7 times in a row Zurich ranked as city with the best quality of life on research of the Mercer consultants. In the years, 2009, 2010 and 2011 it ranked 2nd, just behind the winner Vienna. Based on 39 criteria, the renowned consulting firm Mercer examined 320 major cities. Aspects examined included leisure and recreation, safety, cleanliness, political and economic stability, as well as medical care. In regard to Zurich, guests very much appreciate the amazing cultural and gastronomic diversity of the city – and the many opportunities for enjoyment, recreation and relaxation for all the senses.