It is official and now universally acknowledged that Vienna is the most liveable city in the world.
The Austrian capital has been at number one on Mercer’s Annual Quality of Living ranking for eight years now, but it was still “losing” to Melbourne, Australia, in the Global Liveability Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit. That is, until this year.
Thanks to its low crime rate and high stability ranking, Vienna managed to break Melbourne’s seven-year streak and become the undiscussed most liveable city in the world. The capital of the state of Victoria remained in second place especially because of its investments in culture and environment, while both cities scored high in healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
The Global Liveability Index takes into consideration 140 cities around the world and rates them on different aspects ranging from health care to cultural scene. Medium-sized cities in wealthy countries tend to perform better, especially if they have low population densities — larger cities generally have more crime and worse infrastructure. London, for example, only ranked 48th.