London: It is the so-called “city of dreams” that counts some of the greatest luminaries of music and art among its erstwhile inhabitants.

And it seems Vienna still has plenty to boast about, as it has been named the best place to live in the world – for the third year running.

The Austrian capital, which was home to Mozart, Beethoven and Klimt, among others, and has a population of 1.7 million, has the best living standards in the world, according to an annual quality of living survey.

European cities represent more than half of the top 25 cities in the rankings, which are based on factors such as crime, food and climate.

Zurich was ranked second, followed by Auckland, New Zealand, and Munich and Dusseldorf. Just one UK city makes it into the top 50, with London coming in at 38th – one place up from last year and ahead of New York in 47th. Cape Town is ranked 88th and Joburg is at 94.

Other UK cities, including Birmingham, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Belfast, crept into the top 100. All of them were considered to be safer than London.

At the bottom of the 221-strong list, for the second year in a row, was Baghdad, in Iraq, which had the lowest standard of living and was ranked the least safe city by the Mercer survey.

Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, said: “European cities in general continue to have high standards of living, because they enjoy advanced and modern city infrastructures combined with high- class facilities.” – Daily Mail