Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Melbourne dethroned as the most liveable city in the world

Melbourne dethroned as the most liveable city in the world

Three Canadian cities have placed in the top 10 of a global ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit of the world's most livable cities, with Vienna dethroning perennial favourite Melbourne for the first spot.

This year marks the first year a European city took first place, with the award going to Vienna in Austria.

"Although four cities have fallen from the top 10 over the past year - Auckland (from 8th to 12th), Perth (from 7th to 14th), Helsinki (from 9th to 16th) and Hamburg (from 10th to 18th) - none of these have seen a fall in their overall scores during this period", said the latest report.

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Osaka, Calgary and Sydney completed the top five in the survey, which the EIU says tends to favour medium-sized cities in wealthy countries, often with relatively low population densities.

The survey had been criticised a year ago for demoting Manchester eight places after the May 22nd attack.

"Although the cities ranked among the most liveable in the world remain largely unchanged, there has been pronounced movement within the top tier of liveability", the report said.

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The rankings are determined based on stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

This is the widest gap between the two cities since the survey began in the 1990s, although Manchester's ranking declined in the last year's index following the Manchester Arena attack.

Vancouver scored a 95 in stability and a 92.9 in infrastructure, with a ideal score in the rest. The Asian city achieved a score of 91.3% this time round, moving up to 35th place.

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Other Australian cities also featured highly in the index, with Sydney and Adelaide on the list at number 5 and 10, respectively.

Lagos ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking. Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Hanoi, Vietnam; Belgrade, Serbia; and Tehran, Iran saw the largest improvements in liveability over the last five years - more than five percentage points.

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