The Economist Intelligence Unit has given its annual assessment of the world’s most liveable cities. Using criteria ranging from stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, it assesses which locations around the world have the most and least enviable living conditions. The top ten liveable cities in 2015 are the following:
For the fifth year in a row, it has been named the world’s most liveable city. Australia’s undisputed cool kid… a place obsessed with art, food, coffee, packed with switched on galleries, architectural flourishes, independent bookshops, cafes and iconic music venues.
It is one of only three cities not to come from Australasia or Canada on this list. Vienna is a city that charms and seduces from scratch, but even more the longer you stay. Whether for fast-track travel or slow-paced sightseeing, and regardless of how many times you’ve been before, there’s a seemingly never-ending wealth of things to do and see throughout the year. It’s also both culturally and musically one of the richest cities in the world, and has a good, lively mix of cool cafés and bars, galleries, shops and street markets.
This Canadian city had been among the highest ranking cities on the liveability index for around a decade, now demoted to a not-too-shabby third place. The west coast city in British Columbia boasts a buzzy cultural life, a rich platter of ethnically diverse restaurants and a cosmopolitan population.
Toronto is fun. With classy restaurants and top-notch theatre, opera, museums and art galleries, there is plenty to see and do. The thrusting skyscrapers downtown reflect the city’s status as Canada’s financial hub, but after hours, business folk swap suits for shorts and head outside. That is in the summer, of course; in winter, they pull on parkas and ice skates.
Adelaide, surely the most elegant of all Australian cities with its tree-lined boulevards and glorious Victorian parklands, conjures up two powerful images in the minds of non-South Australians: the revered batsman Sir Don Bradman, who is buried here, and Don Dunstan, a flamboyant state premier who outraged 1960s Australia by wearing pink shorts into parliament.
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