Melbourne, where life is at its best
According to a survey conducted in August by a company of The Economist Group, Melbourne is the nicest city in the world. Damascus, the less livable. Among the 10 cities whose quality of life is higher, half is located in Oceania, three in Canada.
As every year, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a consulting and analysis company, reporting to The Economist Group, has established a ranking of the liveability of 140 cities. According to the survey conducted in August, Melbourne wins for the third consecutive year, the title of the most pleasant city in the world. This survey is based on five criterias: the stability of the city from one year to another, the quality of care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The ranking has not changed much since last year, however, Bogota, Dubai, Bratislava or Phnom Penh experienced the most blatant improvements in their quality of life over a period of 5 years.
Oceania and Canada to honor
Australian and Kiwi cities got the spotlight in this ranking. 5 of the top 10 cities are located in Oceania. If the capital of the State of Victoria won the prize, Adelaide is the sixth, Sydney the seventh, Perth the ninth and Auckland the tenth. Three Canadian cities monopolize the top 5: Vancouver third, Toronto fourth and Calgary fifth. As for European cities, Vienna (No. 1 in 2011) is still ranked second and Helsinki eighth. No African, American or Asian city is not in the top rankings.
In the bottom of the ranking are of course cities in a dangerous conflict or in a poor economical situation in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, as Damascus (140th, the last rank), Tripoli (133rd), Karachi (134th), Dhaka (139th ), Harare (136th), or Teheran (131st).
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