Melbourne dethroned as the most liveable city in the world


South Asian countries including India have fared poorly in a ranking of the world's most liveable cities topped by Austrian capital Vienna, with New Delhi figuring at 112th and Mumbai 117th position in a list of 140 cities.

Melbourne, Australia, has been ranked the world's most liveable city for the past seven years but it has lost the top spot to Vienna.

Vienna overtook Melbourne as the top-ranked city in the world for liveability, scoring a near ideal score of 99.1 per cent. Two European cities, Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany fell out of the top-10 ranks from previous year. The city was also ranked ahead of London in last year's survey.

According to the newly-published Global Liveability Index, Copenhagen is one of the most liveable cities in the world.

And no New Zealand cities make the cut for the top-10 with Auckland dropping down the Economist's 2018 Global Liveability Index.

Below is a ranking of the top and bottom cities surveyed, accompanied by the liveability rating for every city.

What is more, Manchester also represents a regional trend over the past year, where there have been notable improvements in security in several western European cities which have shown resilience in their recovery from terrorist attacks.

"Osaka's improvements in scores for quality and availability of public transportation, as well as a consistent decline in crime rates, have contributed to higher ratings in the infrastructure and stability categories respectively", said the unit's report.

Unfortunately, no United Kingdom city made it into the top ten.

The top ten were largely cities viewed as safe, with a low terror threat and good access to health care and education.

The 10 cities lowest in the ranking were Damascus, Syria; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Lagos, Nigeria; Karachi, Pakistan; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Harare, Zimbabwe; Tripoli, Libya; Douala, Cameroon; Algiers, Algeria; and Dakar, Senegal.