Vienna is the world’s most livable city — again. Here are the other top spots

Austria’s Vienna has come up top again as the best city to live in globally, according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The Global Liveability Index 2023 attributed Vienna’s success to its “winning combination” of stability, good culture and entertainment, reliable infrastructure, exemplary education and health services.

“It has occupied this position regularly over the past several years, with only the Covid-19 pandemic causing the city to vacate its place at the top spot,” the report added. 

Copenhagen also retains its position as the second most livable city in the world, while Australian cities Sydney and Melbourne broke into the top five. 

“They have seen their scores in the healthcare category improve since last year, when they were still affected by Covid waves that stressed their healthcare systems,” said the research firm. 

The annual report rated 172 cities across these categories that define livability: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

The index rose last year to reach a 15-year high as the world recovered from the pandemic, said the EIU. The average index score is now 76.2 out of 100, up from 73.2 a year ago.

Top 10 cities to live in

  1. Vienna (Austria) 
  2. Copenhagen (Denmark) 
  3. Melbourne (Australia) 
  4. Sydney (Australia) 
  5. Vancouver (Canada)
  6. Zurich (Switzerland) 
  7. Calgary (Canada) 
  8. Geneva (Switzerland) 
  9. Toronto (Canada) 
  10. Osaka (Japan), Auckland (New Zealand) — Tie

Asia-Pacific cities make big moves 

According to the EIU, Asia-Pacific cities have made some of the biggest gains in this year’s ranking — accounting for eight out of the top 10 movers. 

This can be attributed to “a shift towards normalcy” after the pandemic, it added. 

Notably, New Zealand’s Wellington moved up 35 spots to 23rd place, while Auckland moved up 25 spots to rank 10th on the index — after experiencing drops in ranking last year when Covid-19 forced intermittent lockdowns. 

Hong Kong also moved 13 places up the rank to 61st most livable city in the world. 

“Hong Kong has moved quite a fair bit,” Syetarn Hansakul, the EIU’s senior analyst said. 

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