In a world that is becoming increasingly unstable and restless with growing discontent, Melbourne made it three years in a row as the world's most liveable city. This is according to the reputed annual survey released by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The 2013 Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking and Report out this week, provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide. The survey found that since 2008, the average global liveability score has fallen by 0.6% led by a 1.3% fall in the average stability score.
The EIU report says that during the last five years, several cities have seen civil unrest become a globally destabilising factor with a number of different reasons for discontent. Some of the largest civil protests have been seen as part of the Arab Spring, in the Middle East and North Africa, starting in Egypt and culminating in civil war in Syria and Libya.
Accordingly to the survey, the cities of Damascus, Tripoli and Cairo have seen the sharpest five-year declines, with the Syrian capital seeing a 20% fall in liveability and moving to the very bottom of the ranking.
However, the top cities of the world continued to remain similar to last year. Major cities in Australia and New Zealand retained their position in the top 10. Among the other cities to make it to top 10 are cities in Austria, Canada and Finland.
However, what is interesting in the EIU ranking is that 28 cities saw changes in their rankings with negative liveability changes. These changes have been particularly driven by "civil unrest, with the Arab Spring, European austerity and Chinese discontent all as contributing factors.
A total of 140 cities were surveyed under the study under five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Scores in each category and sub-category are compiled and weighted to give a total out of 100. A score of 100 is considered ideal and 1 intolerable.
Top 10 most liveable cities 2013:
1. Melbourne, Australia, (97.5)
2. Vienna, Austria, (97.4)
3. Vancouver, Canada, (97.3)
4. Toronto, Canada, (97.2)
5. Calgary, Canada, (96.6)
6. Adelaide, Australia, (96.6)
7. Sydney, Australia, (96.1)
8. Helsinki, Finland, (96.0)
9. Perth, Australia, (95.9)
10. Auckland, New Zealand, (95.7)
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