Vienna named as best city in the world

Vienna has been named the world’s most liveable city

Rounding out the top 10 were Osaka, Japan; Calgary, Canada; Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Toronto, Canada; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Adelaide, Australia.

Melbourne has finally lost the title of world's most liveable city after a seven-year reign.

The 2018 Global Liveability Index is jointly released by The Economist Intelligence Unit ( EIU) and World Bank.

Singapore fell down two places to flop at 37th place in the liveability rankings compiled by research and analysis firm The Economist Intelligence Unit.

"Auckland has in fact registered a minor improvement".

However, fellow Asian cities Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka didn't fare as well, with all four listed among the nine cities whose livability ranking has declined in the past year. "This is not only because stability indicators have the highest single scores but also because factors defining stability can spread to have an adverse effect on other categories", researchers said in the report.

It has since been dropped by his successor Phil Goff, and the the city's economic development agency ATEED said it's now all about "jobs".

The nearest to New Zealand was Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, at 136.

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Lagos state took the 138th spot on the 140 list ranking based on 5 parameters: political and social stability, education, culture, environment, infrastructure and access to healthcare.

Basically, the best places on the liveability scale are Canada - they provided 3 of the top 10 - and America.

The cities considered the most liveable tend to be those which are in wealthier countries and are mid-sized.

The report attributed Austria's capital's rise to the top to increased security scores due to a return to relative stability across much of Europe after high-profile terrorist attacks in recent years.

A year ago it failed to make the top 10. It was followed by Bangladesh's Dhaka and Lagos, Nigeria's commercial centre.

The EIU said that crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war played a "strong role" in the ten-lowest scoring cities.

She added that security had also improved in "several western European cities".

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