The world's most liveable cities in 2018

The world's most liveable cities in 2018

The world's most liveable cities in 2018

Two other Australian cities, Sydney (5th) and Adelaide (10th), were in the top 10.

Syria's war-torn capital Damascus continues to languish at the bottom of The Economist's 2018 Global Liveability Index which takes into account 30 factors related to stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne in Australia has topped the rankings for the past seven years and has finally been pushed off pole position - but only to second place.

"Auckland has in fact registered a minor improvement".

In the survey, Manchester saw the biggest improvement of any European city, rising by 16 places to rank 35th. "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.

Vienna, Austria has toppled Melbourne, Australia as the world's most liveable city.

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

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Vienna's low crime rate, as well as a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe, helped contribute to its overall win, recording a ideal score of 100 in the stability and safety of the city category.

Australia and Canada dominated the top 10, each boasting three cities.

People living in Lagos, Nigeria's economic capital, are inhabiting the third worst city for humans to live in the world.

According to the Economist, the centres that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries.

London was said to "suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion, and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable".

The EIU said Manchester had shown "resilience in the face of adversity" in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorism attack.

Hamburg and Helsinki, that held tenth and ninth place last year, have dropped out of the top ten, while this year's ninth-place spot went to Copenhagen, which achieved a score of 96.8%.

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