Melbourne and Sydney have been named as two of the best cities to live in the world in this year’s liveability report – but both were pipped by Vienna.
Melbourne claimed second spot for the second year running, after losing its first-place position to Austria’s capital in 2018, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Report.
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Sydney came in at third – a boost from fifth spot last year – because of an “improvement in culture and environment”.
Adelaide just made it in to the top 10, only 0.2 points behind Denmark in Copenhagen, which came in at ninth.
Sydney has risen from fifth to third, thanks to an improvement in its culture and environment score, reflecting an increased focus on combating and mitigating the impacts of climate change, as outlined by the city’s ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’ strategy,” The Economist said.
However, Sydney remains behind its great rival, Melbourne.
“With both cities already scoring very highly across all categories, there is only limited potential for Sydney to displace either Melbourne or Vienna at the top of the rankings.”
No other city in the top 10 saw a change to its score from the previous year.
Top 10 most liveable cities 2019:
- Vienna, Austria
- Melbourne, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Osaka, Japan
- Calgary, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Tokyo, Japan
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Adelaide, Australia
Top 10 least liveable cities 2019:
- Caracas, Venezuela
- Algiers, Algeria
- Douala, Cameroon
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Port Moresby, PNG
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Tripoli, Libya
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Damascus, Syria