Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Vienna named as best city in the world

Vienna named as best city in the world

And no New Zealand cities make the cut for the top-10 with Auckland dropping down the Economist's 2018 Global Liveability Index.

Other cities in the bottom ten include Algiers, Algeria (132nd), Tripoli, Libya (134th), Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (136th) and Dhaka, Bangladesh (139th).

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

The provincial capital of Sindh and Pakistan's commercial hub, Karachi has been ranked among the world's least liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which is the research analysis unit of the Economist Group.

Australia and Canada dominated the top 10, each boasting three cities.

"Nevertheless, with such high scores already in place, the impact of these improvements has not been enough to significantly affect livability in any of the top-tier cities".

Melbourne had previously topped the ranking for seven years in a row.

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Rounding out the top 10 were the Canadian city of Toronto and Japan's capital Tokyo, both with a score of 97.2, Copenhagen in Denmark (96.8), and Adelaide in Australia (96.6). Melbourne, Australia, 3. Osaka, Japan, 4.

Typically, mid-sized cities tend to do well on the rankings, while large global metropolises tend to be punished for their successes by having higher costs of living and weaker public infrastructure due to higher demand on them. Many in the top 10 also have relatively low population density.

In addition to the generally improved security outlook for western Europe, Vienna benefited from its low crime rate, the survey's editor Roxana Slavcheva said.

Unfortunately, no United Kingdom city made it into the top ten.

Taipei edged past the South Korean capital Seoul, which dropped one spot to 59th from previous year, according to the report released Monday. Abidjan, Hanoi, Belgrade and Tehran saw the largest improvements in liveability over the last five years - more than five percentage points.

Other notables included Paris (19), Hong Kong (35), London (48) and NY (57). Perth, Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all dropped out of the top 10 compared to previous year.

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