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Sarah Coles
Cityscape at Vienna.
Cityscape at Vienna.

How do you rate your hometown? Naturally you're probably pretty attached to it, but the experts have spoken, and when it comes to 'quality of life', it's nothing to write home about.

The annual Mercer rankings of the cities with the highest quality of life revealed that no single UK city made it into the top 39. The highest-ranking British city was London at number 40, followed by Birmingham (52), Glasgow (55), Aberdeen (57), and Belfast (63). This means that all British cities fared worse than Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg and Dublin.

There are small crumbs of comfort in the fact that there are plenty of cities that came far lower on the list. The study gave last position (230) to Baghdad in Iraq, the second-to-last place (229) to Bangui in the Central African Republic, 228th to Port-Au-Prince in Haiti, and 227th to Khartoum in the Sudan.

However, you'd be hard-pushed to find many people who take much joy in the fact that at least life in their home city offers a better quality of life than Baghdad.

But what do you think? Are the winning cities really better to live in than any city in the UK? Take a look at the top ten.

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