Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Vienna Takes Home Title Of World's Most Liveable City

Vienna Takes Home Title Of World's Most Liveable City

Also featured in the bottom ten are Lagos in Nigeria, Dhaka - the capital of Bangladesh - and, perhaps surprisingly, Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby.

The two metropolises have been neck and neck in the annual survey of 140 urban centers for years, with Melbourne clinching the title for the past seven editions.

The survey, which has been conducted annually since the 1990s, measures a range of factors including crime, education, access to healthcare, and social and political stability. Two European cities, Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany fell out of the top-10 ranks from past year.

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

The Economist said the lowest-scoring cities are connected to conflict and unavailability of adequate infrastructure. The [low] rankings of cities like Damascus, Karachi and Tripoli suggested that conflict was responsible for numerous lowest scores.

According to the Economist, the centres that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries.

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"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. Vancouver, Canada, 7. Tokyo, Japan, 8.

The survey also looked at cities where long-term improvements had been made.

"New York (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) are all prestigious hubs with a wealth of recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable".

Ukraine's Kiev, the capital of a European country wracked by political violence, civil war and the loss of Crimea to Russian Federation, saw the largest drop in its liveability over the last five years (-12.6 percent).

On a larger scale, global livability has improved for the second year in a row, increasing from 74.8% last year to 75.7% in 2018. San Juan saw the sharpest fall of 21 places as its infrastructure took a hit after two hurricanes struck Puerto Rico in September 2017.

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