No. 20 Best Quality of Life: Stockholm, Sweden

City population:* 850,000 (2011)
Country GDP:** $455.8 billion
Personal safety ranking:*** 6 (tie)

Home to employers such as IBM (IBM), Ericsson (ERIC), and Electrolux (ELUXY), Stockholm was also named one of the top cities of opportunity this year by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sweden’s scenic capital is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges.

* Population source: City of Stockholm
** Country GDP source on all slides: CIA World Factbook
*** Personal safety ranking on all slides:Mercer

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