Vienna tops list of world's most liveable cities in 2018

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The rankings by The Economist's intelligence unit, are based on 30 factors in five groups: stability, infrastructure, education, health care and environment.

The city only managed to fare better than Lagos in Nigeria (138), Dhaka in Bangladesh (139) and Damascus in Syria (140).

Melbourne was first seven years in a row before being displaced by the Austrian capital.

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The cities were scored on security, access to healthcare, culture and entertainment, education and infrastructure. No American city placed in the top 10.

This year, Vienna gained an overall livability rating of 99.1, edging out Melbourne which came in second with a score of 98.4.

The rest of the top-ranked cities are split between Japan (Osaka in 3rd place and Tokyo in joint 7th, alongside Toronto) and Canada (Calgary in 4th, and Vancouver and Toronto in 6th and 7th respectively). London and NY didn't even make the top 40 - which may or may not come as a surprise to anyone who has lived in either - and cities in Japan, Canada, and Australia, where the "liveability" is usually thought to be pretty high, couldn't keep up with Vienna. Many in the top 10 also have relatively low population density.

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The study attributed this to civil war, terrorism and crime. Much larger and more crowded cities tend to have higher crime rates and more strained infrastructure, it said.

The only city that made it into the top ten from Europe was Denmark's capital, Copenhagen. Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg have also slipped from the top 10. Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Hanoi, Vietnam; Belgrade, Serbia; and Tehran, Iran saw the largest improvements in liveability over the last five years - more than five percentage points.

Researchers said wealthy financial capitals such as Paris (19th), London (48th) and NY (57th) tended to be "victims of their own success" with higher crime rates and overstretched infrastructure dampening their appeal. Perth, Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all dropped out of the top 10 compared to past year.

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