Vienna remains world’s most liveable city in 2023.

Vienna, the capital of Austria, has retained its position as the world’s most liveable city in 2023. Vienna’s exceptional quality of life, rich culture, and unparalleled infrastructure have helped it maintain this position for two consecutive years, making it a true urban gem.

Vienna Is the Most Liveable City

Vienna previously held this title in 2018 and 2019. However, in 2021, the city lost its prestigious crown to Auckland, New Zealand, following the pandemic, which shut down its famous museums and restaurants.

In 2022, Vienna rebounded, reclaiming its title from Auckland as the world’s most liveable city of the year. The Austrian capital has once again topped the list in 2023, under the leadership of Michael Ludwig.

According to a new survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Vienna has beaten other cities in terms of infrastructure, quality education, and healthcare services, putting it at the forefront of the Global Liveability Index.

“Vienna (Austria) tops the rankings for 2023, owing to its winning combination of stability, good culture and entertainment, reliable infrastructure, and exemplary education and health services. It has occupied this position regularly over the past several years, with only the COVID-19 pandemic causing the city to vacate its place at the top spot,” reads the EIU report.

Melbourne and Sydney Make Strong Comeback in Global City Rankings

Copenhagen, the Northern European city, secured the second position as the world’s most liveable city, closely following Vienna on the list. The Danish capital has retained this position for two years.

Australian cities Melbourne and Sydney witnessed a notable rebound this year, claiming the third and fourth spots on the list after experiencing a significant decline last year. Melbourne and Sydney displaced western European cities Frankfurt and Amsterdam, which took the third and fourth positions in 2022.

The report attributed their success to improvements in healthcare services since last year when the cities were still suffering from the post-pandemic crisis.

Additionally, three cities in Canada, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, took the 5th, 7th, and 9th positions on the list. Further down the list are two cities in Switzerland, Zurich, and Geneva, taking the 6th and 7th places, respectively.

The last on the list is the Japanese city of Osaka, which took the tenth place in the world’s most liveable places. These cities emerged as the top ten most liveable cities in the world.

Embracing a Renewed Sense of Liveability Post-Pandemic

The 2023 Liveability Index was measured using different metrics such as stability, healthcare, education, culture, environment, and infrastructure. According to the report, the Liveability Index reached its highest level in 15 years, reflecting the world’s progress beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey highlighted notable improvements in healthcare and education scores across numerous cities in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. However, the report also reveals a decline in stability scores compared to the previous year, attributed to global civil unrest.

Upasana Dutt, head of the liveability index at EIU, said that the shift towards normalcy after the pandemic has significantly improved the 2023 global liveability index. Adding that education has emerged stronger among children.

“Education has emerged stronger with children returning to schools, alongside a significantly reduced burden on hospitals and healthcare systems, with some notable improvements in cities across developing economies of Asia and the Middle East,” he said.

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