Vienna Takes Home Title Of World's Most Liveable City

Vienna has been named the world’s most liveable city

Camera Icon Vienna has been named the world’s most liveable

The most liveable cities in the world have been revealed in a new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey.

Hong Kong - whose ranking on Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index fell dramatically in 2015 due to heightened fears of unrest as part of the so-called Umbrella Revolution - was overtaken by Singapore in the rankings for the first time past year. Almost half the cities in the survey saw their ratings improve over the previous year.

Melbourne had held the top spot for seven years. In addition to Melbourne in the second spot, both Sydney and Adelaide also ranked in the top 10 (in fifth and 10th, respectively).

Other Canadian cities included in the top 10 are Vancouver, ranked in sixth place, and Toronto in seventh.

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Osaka in Japan ranked third out of 140 cities that were scored.

Puerto Rico's San Juan, which was hit by two hurricanes in 2017, experienced the sharpest fall, dropping 21 places down the list to 89th place, with a score of 69.8%.

Metropolitan life in the unliveable compared to the rest of the world.

"Of the 140 surveyed cities, 49 percent registered negative changes in their overall liveability rank in the past six months and 34 percent experienced positive movements". The second-best American city is Pittsburgh, coming in at 32nd place on a global scale.

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NY (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) all benefit from a wealth of recreational activities but also suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems that score against the city's living standards. London was said to "suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion, and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable".

Unsurprisingly Syria's war-torn capital Damascus continues to languish at the bottom of the list, with an overall score of 30.7. The cities ranked poorly in nearly all categories, but especially so in stability and infrastructure.

Vienna's low crime rate, as well as a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe, helped contribute to its overall win, recording a ideal score of 100 in the stability and safety of the city category.

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