Vienna named world’s most liveable city by Economist Intelligence Unit

- Leadership - Aug 14, 2018

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has named Vienna the most liveable city in the world.

The city has claimed the title for the first time, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a record seven consecutive years.

This year’s survey also marks the first time a European city has been placed first on the list, with the highest positions often dominated by cities from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

The capital of Austria scored 99.1 points out of 100, having lost out on points due to its culture and environment.

The survey, which analyses 140 cities, marks on criteria such as crime, healthcare, political and social stability, and education.


The only other city in Europe to make it to the report’s top 10 ranks was Copenhagen in Denmark, placing ninth.

The European city to have improved the most in 2018 was Manchester, climbing from 51st position to 35th.

This places Manchester 13 places ahead of London, which came 48th – this is the largest gap the two cities have ever experienced in the survey.

“Globally, this has been a year of many changes,” remarked Roxana Slavcheva, the survey’s Editor.

“Not only has Vienna displaced Melbourne to become the most liveable city, but a total of 77 cities have seen a change in their liveability ratings.”

“A return to relative stability, after several high-profile terrorist attacks and civil unrest incidents across much of western Europe and North America, has meant that only nine of these cities have registered a decline in this period.”

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