If you’ve ever imagined extending your holiday indefinitely, where better to do it than the Australian city of Melbourne? For the fourth consecutive year the capital of Victoria has scooped the top spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index.
Assessing categories including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, the Australian city pushed ahead of 139 other cities to take its first place position. Speaking to the Herald Sun about Melbourne’s top place ranking, Melbourne's Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, said: "To be named the world's most liveable city for four consecutive years is a great honour and a testament to the enviable lifestyle that Melbourne's offers."
"Safety, sustainability and smart growth have been the keys to Melbourne's liveability and prosperity," he said. "It's terrific to know that we scored perfect scores in healthcare, education, infrastructure and sport," added Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said. Dr Napthine went on to highlight that tourism in Melbourne is increasing: "The figures from Melbourne airport show a 15 per cent increase, year on year, on international visitation. Our tourism is going through the roof," he continued.
Melbourne also recently tied with New Zealand’s capital Auckland for first place in Conde Nast’s annual reader’s survey of friendliest cities in the world. The EIU’s ranking continued with the following cities: Vienna- Austria, Vancouver- Canada, Toronto- Canada, Adelaide- Australia, Calgary- Canada, Sydney- Australia, Helsinki- Finland, Perth- Australia, Auckland- New Zealand
In contrast the bottom 10 least liveable cities in the Index were Abidjan- Ivory Coast, Tripoli- Libya, Douala- Cameroon, Harare- Zimbabwe, Algiers- Algeria, Karachi- Pakistan, Lagos- Nigeria, Port Moresby- Papua New Guinea, Dhaka- Bangladesh, Damascus- Syria
Date Created: 22/08/2014