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Aussie capitals fall in world’s most liveable city ranks

June 26, 2022 3:00PM Kids News

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Melbourne is Australia’s topped ranked city in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2022 Global Liveability Index, coming in at 10th. This picture shows people getting their morning exercise walking along the bank of the Yarra River. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraMelbourne is Australia’s topped ranked city in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2022 Global Liveability Index, coming in at 10th. This picture shows people getting their morning exercise walking along the bank of the Yarra River. Picture: Getty Images

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Melbourne has been named one of the world’s top 10 best cities to live in.

Victoria’s state capital came out in 10th place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2022 most liveable* city survey.

Austria’s capital, Vienna, claimed top spot on the list, followed by Danish capital city Copenhagen and Zurich in Switzerland.

Belvedere Palace in Vienna media_cameraThe Belvedere Palace is a historic building in the Austrian capital of Vienna, which has been ranked the world’s most liveable city. Picture: iStock

The next best Australian city was Brisbane, which was ranked in 27th place. It was followed by Adelaide in 30th place and Perth in 32nd spot.

All three of those cities were in the top 10 last year, but dropped down the pecking order because of their slow return to normality following strict Covid-19 restrictions.

“Cities that were towards the top of our rankings before the pandemic have rebounded on the back of their stability, good infrastructure* and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the report said.

Supplied Editorial Fwd: MyCruises PR Release Baltics Capital cruise holiday with $4,000 Bonus Value media_cameraCopenhagen in Denmark finished second on the list of the world’s most liveable cities.

The EIU’s Global Liveability Index assesses more than 170 cities around the globe on healthcare, culture, infrastructure, stability, education and environment.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews lauded* the result.

“It’s hard to get a table at a restaurant, it’s hard to get a room in a hotel,” Mr Andrews said.

“The city’s back. We are thriving and Victorians can be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”

street view of Centre Place an iconic pedestrian laneway with cafe and people in Melbourne Australia media_cameraMelbourne’s laneways, like Centre Place, are a big drawcard for diners and visitors. Picture: iStock

Melbourne had spent seven years on top of the world’s most liveable city list until it was dethroned in 2018 by Vienna. It was ranked ninth in the 2021 survey.

Adelaide took out third spot last year, behind Auckland in New Zealand and Osaka in Japan.

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas said he expected Adelaide to bounce back in future rankings.

“South Australians are very proud of the fact that we do live in one of the most liveable cities in the world and also one of the most liveable cities in the nation,” Mr Malinauskas said.

“The fact that it slipped back throughout 2021 is unfortunate, but I suspect it will creep back up the table again now that the worst of Covid, hopefully, has passed us by.”

Last year’s winner, Auckland, fell out of the top 10 in the 2022 list to land at a surprising 34th place.

Syrian capital Damascus, Lagos in Nigeria and Tripoli in Libya were ranked as the worst three cities to live in.

media_cameraDamascus in Syria was ranked the least liveable city in the world. In this photo shoppers walk through the bazaar in the Old City in 2018. Picture: AFP Photo

GLOSSARY

  • liveable: comfortable and easy to live in
  • infrastructure: basic facilities for operating a society, like buildings, roads, power supplies
  • lauded: praised, celebrated

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  1. What position did Melbourne get ranked on the list of the world’s most liveable cities?
  2. Which Australian capital was the next highest Aussie city on the list?
  3. Which European city was ranked at No.1?
  4. How many cities around the world were assessed for this list?
  5. Name one of the three bottom ranked cities.

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