Vienna is crowned the world’s most liveable city

Vienna is the world’s most liveable city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2018 liveability index, knocking Melbourne down to second place after seven years in the top spot.

The index ranks 140 cities worldwide on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Overall, Vienna scored 99.1 out of 100, dropping marks only on the culture and environment criteria. The Austrian capital is a firm favourite among Brits for a long weekend break, best known for its handsome, imperial and Baroque architecture, cafe culture, Christmas markets, and vicinity to the mountains. Around 774,000 Brits visit Austria each year.

Analysts say Vienna’s improving security scores, propelled by Europe’s return to relative stability, were chiefly responsible for its rise from second place in 2017. The only other European city to make it into the top 10 is Copenhagen in Denmark, in ninth place.

Osaka was named third most liveable city in the world in 2018.

The 10 most liveable cities

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Calgary, Canada
  5. Sydney, Australia
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Tokyo, Japan
  8. Toronto, Canada
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Adelaide, Australia

Global liveability has improved for the second year in a row, from 74.8% last year to 75.7% in 2018, led by a 2.9% improvement in stability. As the destabilising effects of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism gradually decline, nearly half of the cities surveyed have seen their liveability ranking improve over the past year.

The 10 least liveable cities

The lowest scores – primarily in the Middle East, Africa and Asia – are primarily down to conflict such as crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war.

At the bottom of the list, as was the case in 2017, is Damascus in Syria.

131. Dakar, Senegal

132. Algiers, Algeria

133. Douala, Cameroon

134. Tripoli, Libya

135. Harare, Zimbabwe

136. Port Moresby, Papa New Guinea

137. Karachi, Pakistan

138. Lagos, Nigeria

139. Dhaka, Bangladesh

140. Damascus, Syria

Roxana Slavcheva, editor of the survey, says: “Globally, this has been a year of many changes. Not only has Vienna displaced Melbourne to become the most liveable city, but a total of 77 cities have seen a change in their liveability ratings. A return to relative stability, after several high-profile terrorist attacks and civil unrest incidents across much of western Europe and North America, has meant that only nine of these cities have registered a decline in this period.”

SOURCE: Inews.co.uk

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