Vienna, the Austrian Capital, ranked first in an annual report by the Economist, once again beating Melbourne for the top spot. Melbourne had ranked first for a total of seven years until losing out to Vienna in 2018.
The Economist’s ‘Intelligence Unit’ seeks to provide business intelligence and carried out its annual report, called the Global Liveability Index, showing the best places to live and by extension, do business.
Vienna and Melbourne were followed by Sydney, Osaka and Calgary. In its annual report, the EIU gives 140 cities scores out of 100 based on a range of factors such as living standards, crime, transport infrastructure, access to education and healthcare, and political and economic stability.
Keeping the same score as 2018, Vienna scored a total of 99.1 points. The capital is known for a highly convenient public transport system, refreshing Alpine tap water and varied cultural opportunities.
In a press release, the EIU said that “Western Europe and North America continue to be the most liveable regions in the world.”
In total, Europe claimed eight of the top 20 cities, with cities in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada making up the rest.
Paris, known as the City of Light, plummeted six places to reach 25th. This has been attributed to the anti-government ‘yellow-vest’ protests which plagued the country some months ago, with images being shared all around the world. Paris suffered much vandalism and tensions during this time.
Interestingly, the survey factored in, for the first time, the effects of climate change on the liveability of a city. As a result, New Delhi and Cairo plunged in ranking to 118th and 125th place respectively due to “poor air quality, undesirable average temperatures and inadequate water provision”.
London and New York rank 48th and 58th respectively as they continue to try to shake off perceptions of the risk of crime and terrorism and overstretched infrastructure.
The least liveable cities were Karachi, Tripoli, Dhaka, Lagos and, at the very bottom, Damascus.
Vienna also won top place in another survey, the annual quality of living index by human resources consulting firm Mercer, for the 10th time in a row in 2019.