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14th Aug 2018

After seven years running, Melbourne is no longer the world’s most liveable city

Rory Cashin

A European capital knocked the Australian city down to the number two spot.

Every year for the last seven years, Melbourne has ranked top of the Economist’s Most Liveable Cities in the World, which is judged on a mixture of everything economic stability, healthcare, the environment, public transport systems, traffic, and crime levels.

However, 2018 has finally seen the Australian city taken off the top spot and replaced by one of the two European entries on the list instead.

Yep, Vienna is now the World’s Most Liveable City, scoring an impressive 99.1 out of 100 on the above criteria.

Copenhagen joined the Austrian capital as the only other European city to break the top ten, with three cities from both Australia and Canada filling the majority of the rest of the list, and the final two spots going to major Japanese metropolitan areas.

As per the Economist Intelligence Unit, here is the top ten:

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia

6. Vancouver, Canada

= 7. Toronto, Canada

= 7. Tokyo, Japan

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Adelaide, Australia

And the bottom ten:

131. Dakar, Senegal

132. Algiers, Algeria

133. Douala, Cameroon

134. Tripoli, Libya

135. Harare, Zimbabwe

136. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

137. Karachi, Pakistan

138. Lagos, Nigeria

139. Dhaka, Bangladesh

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