Known for its “convenient transport and fascinating culture,” the Austrian capital, Vienna has been named the most liveable city in the world for the second time in a row. Western Europe and North America continue to be the most liveable regions across the world.
The second spot in the report released by Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday has been claimed by Melbourne. Interestingly, the Australian capital Melbourne had held the top ranking for seven years before losing to Vienna in 2018.
To create the list, EIU every year forges a list of 140 cities from across the world and points them. The score is based on factors that play a role in a citizen’s standard of living. These include crime, transport infrastructure, access to education and healthcare, as well as political and economic stability.
Vienna scored 99.1 points out of 100, the same as last year.
Meanwhile, for the first time, the report also took into count the effects of climate change. New Delhi and Cairo dropped to 118th and 125th place respectively due to “poor air quality, undesirable average temperatures and inadequate water provision”.
Among the rest on the list were eight European cities, followed by cities in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada making up the rest. Paris claimed the 25th spot on the list.
The least livable cities were Karachi, Tripoli, Dhaka, Lagos and, at the very bottom, Damascus.