People sit in a boat on the Limmat River during sunny summer weather in Zurich. At background left are the church towers of the Fraumuenster and St. Peter and on the right the Grossmuenster church. According to UBS, employee purchasing power is the highest in the world and the city tops the index with 144.1 points
Note: According to the Swiss bank UBS, ranking was based on the purchasing power of gross wages of an average employee based in a city. Prosperity was measured by dividing the average annual income by the total price of an UBS basket of goods and services. Since, working hours are not uniform across the world, UBS based its ranking on purchasing power based on hourly wages and not annual income.
A wakeboarder performs on Lake Leman on a hot autumn day in Geneva. Despite soveriegn debt crisis in the eurozone region, European cities have fared well in the UBS ranking due to high gross purchasing power per hourly wage. Geneva ranked second with 138.8 points.
A mother and her child play near the water in front of boats and autumn trees in Frederiksberg Garden in Copenhagen. Although ranked number one in UBS survey for 2009, the city fell to rank three as the Swiss GDP grew vis-avis Danish GDP.
People walk past the Grand Hotel in Oslo. Oslo ranked fourth with 116.9 points.
Cruise liners Queen Mary 2 (R) and Queen Elizabeth maneuver next to the Sydney Opera House after travelling into Sydney Harbour.
A visitor to the Kungstradgarden ice rink puts on her skates in downtown Stockholm.
New York City
Morning commuters make their way through Times Square in New York.
A view of the city of Luxembourg.
People walk in front of Munich's opera house.
Downtown Los Angeles, California is seen