Melbourne led the ranking of the renowned British business magazine “The Economist” for seven consecutive years. Now the Australian metropolis has been dislodged by Vienna. The Japanese city of Osaka is ranked third. Each year, the study evaluates 140 major cities according to criteria such as social security, infrastructure, education, access to health systems, stability and culture.
The race for first place was a close one: in the categories of health system, education, culture and infrastructure both Vienna and Melbourne received the full score. The deciding factor for Vienna was ultimately its high social security, political stability and low crime rates. Following the Mercer ranking, which Vienna topped for the past 9 years, Vienna has now been able to assert its status as the most liveable city in the world in the Economist study.
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