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Postby Wayne » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:01 pm

The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World

The rankings might surprise you.


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It’s official. Melbourne is on top of the world—again.

The Australian city has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the most livable cities in the world for the seventh year in a row.

Melbourne received a score of 97.5 out of 100 on the annual list, which assesses stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure in 140 different cities.

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Austrian capital Vienna came in second place, with a score of 97.4, and Canada’s Vancouver received a rating of 97.3, with both cities retaining their places from 2016.

While very little has changed at the top end of the list in the past 12 months, there have been some major changes further down.

Iceland’s Reykjavik moved up 13 places from 50 to 37 with a score of 89.9. This significant jump is thought to stem from a rise in tourism as well as redevelopment. Amsterdam, which has seen a decline in crime rates in recent years, has also progressed, shifting up to 18th spot with a score of 94.0.

It’s a slightly bleaker picture for Manchester and Stockholm, whose rankings have fallen as a result of high-profile terrorist attacks. Manchester dropped from 43 to 51 on the list, while Stockholm is down to 26, with an overall score of 92.1.

However the overall result is positive on a global scale as 12 cities have seen an improvement in livability, while just six have experienced a decline.

Challenges To Livability

“While the improvement is marginal it does reflect a positive note for global livability, which has been beset by mounting instability over the course of the last decade,” says Jon Copestake, editor of the survey.

“Many of the challenges to livability have not gone away, terror attacks have continued and geopolitical posturing has created further international uncertainty. Perhaps a turning point has been reached but livability levels remain low by historical standards.”

Unsurprisingly the bottom of the list is made up of cities devastated by war, poverty and political unrest.

Syria’s capital, Damascus, is at the very bottom, with an overall livability rating of just 30.2, while Nigeria’s Lagos and Libya’s Tripoli are just slightly ahead, with scores of 36 and 36.6 respectively.

Most Livable Cities 2017:

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

= 5. Calgary, Canada

= 5. Adelaide, Australia

7. Perth, Australia

8. Auckland, New Zealand

9. Helsinki, Finland

10. Hamburg, Germany

https://www.simplemost.com/10-most-liva ... ies-world/
Really, really not surprised about Canada having three entries in the top 5 - for me, it comes across as slightly utopian with no terrorism, an abundance of resources, a really happy population, beautiful scenery etc.
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Postby joiPrince_JO » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:04 pm

I live in Vienna and am surprised by this.
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Postby biscuits » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:05 pm

A country with big spiders such as Australia is not livable
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Postby Wayne » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:08 pm

2 of my friends moved to Aus and their quality of life is unreal - they often tell me this and also share photos to rub it in. :lol:

I do think that I wouldn't be able to survive simply due to the snakes, the crocs and the creepy crawlies.
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Postby MrRager » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:22 pm

Surprised Adelaide is so high! :lol:
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Postby Rihab » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:43 pm

Incredibly stupid list. Manchester and Stockholm dropping 'as a result of high-profile terrorist attacks', really? :-?
People in Vienna, Helsinki and Hamburg aren't any 'safer' just because their city hasn't been the target of an attack YET.
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Postby MusicLover88 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:49 pm

Wayne wrote:Really, really not surprised about Canada having three entries in the top 5 - for me, it comes across as slightly utopian with no terrorism, an abundance of resources, a really happy population, beautiful scenery etc.
FACTS.
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Postby thankfulforkelly » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:03 pm

Bristol, Bath and Wells >>>>>
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Postby KokoCollino » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:05 pm

Rihab wrote:Incredibly stupid list. Manchester and Stockholm dropping 'as a result of high-profile terrorist attacks', really? :-?
People in Vienna, Helsinki and Hamburg aren't any 'safer' just because their city hasn't been the target of an attack YET.
This :-?

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Wayne wrote:Really, really not surprised about Canada having three entries in the top 5 - for me, it comes across as slightly utopian with no terrorism, an abundance of resources, a really happy population, beautiful scenery etc.
FACTS.
I really wanna go there sometime! Canada seems like the New American Dream.
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Postby Hugo » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:06 pm

Love how understated and underrated Portugal is, keeping terrorists unaware of our peacefulness is the right thing to do.
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Postby KokoCollino » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:08 pm

Hugo wrote:Love how understated and underrated Portugal is, keeping terrorists unaware of our peacefulness is the right thing to do.
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Postby MusicLover88 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:13 pm

KokoCollino wrote:
Rihab wrote:Incredibly stupid list. Manchester and Stockholm dropping 'as a result of high-profile terrorist attacks', really? :-?
People in Vienna, Helsinki and Hamburg aren't any 'safer' just because their city hasn't been the target of an attack YET.
This :-?

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Wayne wrote:Really, really not surprised about Canada having three entries in the top 5 - for me, it comes across as slightly utopian with no terrorism, an abundance of resources, a really happy population, beautiful scenery etc.
FACTS.
I really wanna go there sometime! Canada seems like the New American Dream.
We're far from perfect but it always makes me laugh when Americans claim America is the greatest country on Earth when there's AUS, CAN, most of Western Europe, Scandinavia etc etc
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Postby Serby » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:36 pm

Hugo wrote:Love how understated and underrated Portugal is, keeping terrorists unaware of our peacefulness is the right thing to do.
Now I love Portugal, but amazing nature will not get you on this lost when you work for pennies.

joiPrince_JO wrote:I live in Vienna and am surprised by this.
Why? The city is safe af, social system is great, public transport is incredibly cheap and great etc.
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Postby Serby » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:38 pm

Oh, and how great is the life in Canada when the weather is dire all year round? Dismissed. :lol:
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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:42 pm

Three Top 5 placings for Canadian cities? Just more evidence to support my upcoming move. 8-)
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Postby KokoCollino » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:54 pm

Serby wrote:Oh, and how great is the life in Canada when the weather is dire all year round? Dismissed. :lol:
How's the weather there?
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Postby MusicLover88 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:07 pm

KokoCollino wrote:
Serby wrote:Oh, and how great is the life in Canada when the weather is dire all year round? Dismissed. :lol:
How's the weather there?
Depends where you are, winters can be long and annoying but we have all 4 seasons and as long as you're not in Yukon, it's perfectly livable
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Postby Serby » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:14 pm

I'm on Vienna byw. But as amazing as Canda looks, I'd die with wonters they have and mildish summers with cold nights. Vancouver is kinda like London tho, but too rainy.

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Postby Serby » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:25 pm

Quebec is like a freezer with cute summer, but not enough. Lake area is okayish, but still too cold and too much of winter. Vancouver is super mild all yeat round but way too rainy.

In short, too cold and too rainy, not long summers, but yeah, overall an amazing country.

I wish Europe was also slided south a few degrees (geografical). Like if north of Germany was where Austria is and Greeve was somewhere around Sudan. :lol:
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Postby MusicLover88 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:45 pm

^Come to Montreal! 8-)
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Postby Serby » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:48 pm

MusicLover88 wrote:^Come to Montreal! 8-)
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Postby Wayne » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:53 pm

I would love to go to Montreal. :cry:

I've never left the UK before but when I eventually do, it'll be to go to Canada.
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Postby MusicLover88 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:57 pm

Yasssss Wayne come see Celine in ha hometown glory
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Postby Wayne » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:03 pm

Queen will be there in 3 days promoting her new handbags range - see you then. :cry:
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Postby stevyy » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:10 pm

Serby wrote:
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everyone wishes for this. I swear, it's about to snow here...
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