Monday, 24 September, 2018


Vienna Takes Home Title Of World's Most Liveable City

Lagos,Nigeria Lagos,Nigeria
Bennie Garza | 14 August, 2018, 22:25

In news that may shock some Aussies, the South Australian city of Adelaide also cracked the world top 10 by nabbing the 10th spot, placing it ahead of some of the country's other bustling cities and top tourist attractions.

Calgary has come in fourth place in an annual ranking of most livable cities.

Vienna overtook Melbourne as the top-ranked city in the world for liveability, scoring a near flawless score of 99.1 per cent. No American city placed in the top 10.

And while Australia may have missed out on first place this time, three of its cities were among the best scoring, with Adelaide (96.6%) and Sydney (97.4%) coming behind Melbourne in 10th and fifth place.

Japan's Osaka and Tokyo have now moved up into the top ten, coming in third and seventh place respectively.

Syria's war-torn capital Damascus continues to languish at the bottom of The Economist's 2018 Global Liveability Index which takes into account 30 factors related to stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

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.

Top 10 most liveable cities Source The Economist Intelligence Unit
Top 10 most liveable cities Source The Economist Intelligence Unit

Vancouver scored a 95 in stability and a 92.9 in infrastructure, with a flawless score in the rest.

The EIU said Manchester had shown "resilience in the face of adversity" in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorism attack.

Hong Kong's ranking fell dramatically in 2015 due to heightened fears of unrest as part of the so-called Umbrella Revolution, but has largely recovered now, the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote.

A bird's eye view of Dhaka city.

Lagos ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking.

"Although both Melbourne and Vienna have registered improvements in liveability over the last six months, increases in Vienna's ratings, particularly in the stability category, have been enough for the city to overtake Melbourne", the report said.

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