Vienna named international’s maximum habitable city as Melbourne loses crown

Vienna named international's maximum habitable city as Melbourne loses crown
 Vienna has displaced Melbourne at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

Vienna ends Australian town’s winning streak because of downgraded hazard of militant attacks and low crime price

Melbourne has been dislodged by Vienna for the first time on the pinnacle of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index, strengthening the Austrian capital’s declare to being the world’s maximum exceptional metropolis to live in.

The two metropolises had been neck and neck inside the annual survey of 140 urban centres for years, with Melbourne clinching the name for the past seven variations. This yr, a downgraded risk of militant assaults in western Europe as well as the metropolis’s low crime price helped nudge Vienna into first area.

Vienna regularly tops a larger rating of cities through quality of existence compiled by means of the consulting firm Mercer. It’s far the primary time it has crowned the EIU survey, which started in its contemporary form in 2004.

At the opposite quit of the table, Damascus retained closing region, accompanied by using the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and Lagos in Nigeria. The survey does not consist of several of the arena’s maximum dangerous capitals, which includes Baghdad and Kabul.

“while within the past couple of years cities in Europe have been laid low with the spreading perceived threat of terrorism inside the vicinity, which caused heightened safety features, the past year has visible a return to normalcy,” the EIU stated on Tuesday.

“a protracted-running contender to the name, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the pinnacle spot due to increases in the Austrian capital’s stability class ratings.”

Vienna and Melbourne scored maximum points in the healthcare, training and infrastructure categories. But at the same time as Melbourne extended its lead within the lifestyle and environment aspect, that was outweighed through Vienna’s improved stability ranking.

Osaka, Calgary and Sydney finished the pinnacle 5 within the survey, which the EIU says tends to favour medium-sized cities in rich international locations, frequently with tremendously low population densities. Much larger and more crowded towns tend to have better crime quotes and more strained infrastructure, it stated.

London ranked 48th this 12 months.

Vienna, as soon as the capital of a large empire instead of nowadays’s small Alpine republic, has yet to match its pre-first international battle population of 2.1 million. Its many green areas encompass lakes with popular beaches and vineyards with sweeping views of the capital. Public transport is reasonably-priced and green.

In addition to the usually improved security outlook for western Europe, Vienna benefited from its low crime rate, the survey’s editor, Roxana Slavcheva, stated.

“one of the sub-categories that Vienna does genuinely well in is the superiority of petty crime … It’s established to be one of the most secure towns in Europe,” she stated.