This European city beat Melbourne to become 2018’s ‘most liveable city’

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    Words by Rebecca Fearn.

    Vienna, capital of Austria, has been declared 2018’s most ‘liveable’ city, beating 2017’s pick Melbourne to the top spot.

    Credit: Rex

    The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) releases a worldwide league table each year, ranking 140 cities on a number of factors from political stability to crime and healthcare access.

    This year sees the first time ever a European city has topped the league tables.

    Melbourne has taken the number one spot for the previous seven years, yet were demoted to second place in favour of Austria’s capital. Australian cities Sydney and Adelaide also made the top ten in 2018.

    Coming last in the table was war-torn Damascus in Syria. Dhaka in Bangladesh and Lagos in Nigeria were also in the lowest ten.

    The ten most liveable cities in 2018

    1. Vienna, Austria

    2. Melbourne, Australia

    3. Osaka, Japan

    4. Calgary, Canada

    5. Sydney, Australia

    6. Vancouver, Canada

    7. Tokyo, Japan

    8. Toronto, Canada

    9. Copenhagen, Denmark

    10. Adelaide, Australia


    The ten least liveable cities 2018

    1. Damascus, Syria

    2. Dhaka, Bangladesh

    3. Lagos, Nigeria

    4. Karachi, Pakistan

    5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    6. Harare, Zimbabwe

    7. Tripoli, Libya

    8. Douala, Cameroon

    9. Algiers, Algeria

    10. Dakar, Senegal

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