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Londoners of finance, pondering hard-Brexit relocation options, can turn to the quality of life ranking of the world’s top cities provided in Deutsche Bank’s sixth annual survey of global prices.

If Wellington, New Zealand, doesn’t offer tantalising opportunities for corporate bond syndicate origination, or outlets for euro swap-clearing back-office expertise, perhaps second-placed Edinburgh is a better option for a post-UK future. Fans of John Irving will be drawn to Vienna, in third.

Feel free to debate in the comments whether Warsaw, Toronto and Istanbul are more liveable than London, at lowly 33rd.

See below for the full ranking, and note one omission from the list of 47 cities: Frankfurt, home to Deutsche Bank HQ.

It may be a question of sourcing. Numbeo, which offers quality of life metrics for 177 cities as diverse as Caracas, Turin and Tblisi, doesn’t find space for the German financial centre in its quality of life index either.

Dismayed Frankfurters can at least take comfort in what Brian Conger called “the narcissism of small differences” in an assessment of these types of rankings last year for the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. The only cities to make it into the top 25 in six different league tables were Sydney, Stockholm and Berlin, while damp Vancouver was snubbed only by PwC.

There’s more on this in the usual place.


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