The Economist‘s Intelligence Unit (EIU) has just released its annual Global Liveability Index, which ranks the world’s best cities in terms of living conditions – essentially crowing the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’. In this year’s report, it was the Austrian capital, Vienna, who took the top spot, displacing Australia’s Melbourne, who had held the title for the previous seven years.

2018's Most Liveable Cities in the World Have Been Revealed

The annual Global Liveability Index compares 140 cities based on scores taken from qualitative and quantitative data across the categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The Index takes into account things such as the prevalence of crime, availability of health care, level of corruption, and the quality of water and energy provisions.

Vienna is the first European city to top the Index and breaks Melbourne’s seven-year stranglehold. Two Japanese cities (Osaka and Tokyo) also made it into the top 10 portion of the list, and while some U.S. cities did make it on the Index, none of them made it into the top 20.


On the UK side of things, Manchester saw the biggest improvement of any European city, rising by 16 places to rank 35th, putting it ahead of London in the rankings by 13 places – the widest gap between the two cities since the survey began two decades ago.

As well as listing the top 10 Most Liveable Cities, the EIU’s Global Liveability Index also lists the top 10 Least Liveable Cities in the world. Take a look at both lists below and head over to the EIU Website for a more detailed look.


10 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


10 Least Liveable Cities in 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


Last year, Scotland was named as ‘The Most Beautiful Country in the World’ by travel experts, Rough Guides, pipping Canada to the illustrious title.



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