Skyline of Dhaka City, Bangladesh. By Hafrul.

What makes a city good to live in?


Vienna is the best city in the world to live in, according to the annual list compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Melbourne, Australia, comes second, relinquishing the top spot which it has held for seven years.

But at the other end of the scale sit Damascus in war-torn Syria, Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Places such as Kabul in Afghanistan are not even considered.

London is rated 48th out of 140, and New York 57th.

The report assesses stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Read the full list here (free but requires registration).

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  • If you live in a city, how does it compare (facts and statistics only) to the cities considered highly liveable?
  • Have any important aspects of urban life been left off the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index 2018?
  • Are there local studies or investigations you know of that may dispute the index’s findings?
  • Do you have facts about transport systems, education, personal safety and cleanliness of environment?
  • Do you have any verifiable content that may dispute or prove the index’s findings about your city?
  • What facts and figures do you have about your city that may add to the findings of the EIU survey?

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