Austrian capital city Vienna has dethroned Melbourne to be named the ‘world’s most liveable city’.
The result comes as part of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index, a scoring system which has previously seen Melbourne crowned champions for the past seven editions. However, Vienna has ousted them on this occasion due to their low crime rate statistics. On top of that, a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe has worked in their favour.
The EIU survey, which formed in 2004, saw Vienna and Melbourne score maximum points in the education, healthcare and infrastructure categories but Vienna’s improved stability ranking saw them come out on top for the first time. Osaka, Calgary and Sydney completed the top five.
“While in the past couple of years cities in Europe were affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the region, which caused heightened security measures, the past year has seen a return to normalcy,” the EIU said on Tuesday.
“A long-running contender to the title, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the top spot due to increases in the Austrian capital’s stability category ratings.”
Meanwhile, Damascus secured the last place in the survey, closely followed by Dhaka, which in turn was followed by Lagos in Nigeria.
The survey avoids the worlds most dangerous cities such as Baghdad and Kabul.