Top 10 Best Places to Live in the World
Analysts indicated the cities most suitable for life in terms of health, culture, infrastructure and much more. For the third time in five years, Vienna topped the list.
The Economist Intelligence Unit of The Economist magazine has compiled an annual global livability index. When compiling the rating, experts evaluated the world's cities on more than thirty factors in five categories: stability (crime, civil conflicts, etc.), health care (availability and quality of private and public health care), culture and environment (climate, weather, social and religious restrictions, access to consumer goods and services, access to sports), education (availability and quality of private and public education), infrastructure (housing, energy, telecommunications, roads, public transport, etc.).
For the third time in five years, Vienna topped the list of most livable cities.
Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, offers music, theater, wine, a lively nightlife and a famous coffeehouse culture. The city scored an overall index of 99.1 out of 100 and received the highest score for stability, health care, education and infrastructure.
The capital and most populous city in Denmark, Copenhagen combines modern architecture with history, a vibrant restaurant scene and a rich culture with many museums in the city center. Copenhagen received an index of 98 with excellent scores for stability, education and infrastructure.
Tour this cosmopolitan city with its museums, exciting nightlife and historic Old Town by boat on the Limmat River. Zurich's overall score of 96.3 included a 100 for health care and high scores for culture and infrastructure.
Calgary, the largest city in the Canadian province of Alberta, offers a diverse population, rich culture, a vibrant nightlife, spectacular scenery and year-round outdoor activities. Calgary's 96.3 index includes excellence in health, education and infrastructure.
Vancouver, located in British Columbia, is a modern city with mountains, forests, ocean and world-class cuisine. A popular year-round destination, the city received a livability index of 96.1, with excellent scores in health, education, culture and environment.
The European headquarters of the United Nations is located in Geneva, on the shores of Lake Geneva, with the Rhone River running through the center of the city. Geneva's index score of 95.9 includes 100 for health care and 96.4 for infrastructure.
Frankfurt, Europe's largest financial center, is located on the Main, a tributary of the Rhine, and is bordered by the Frankfurt City Forest. The city's index score of 95.7 includes excellent scores for infrastructure and health care, as well as a 96.3 for culture and the environment.
Located in Ontario, Toronto is Canada's largest city with a diverse population, a vibrant arts and dining scene and stunning skyline views. The city scored a total of 95.4, scoring 100 on education and health.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is known for its canals, museums, historic buildings and lively nightlife. The city scores 97.2 for culture and environment and 100 for health care, for an overall score of 95.3.
One of Japan's largest cities, Osaka is a major financial center, tourist destination and cosmopolitan city known for its restaurants and festivals. Its overall index of 95.1 includes 100 points for education, health care and stability.
Located in southeastern Australia along the Yarra River, Melbourne is known for its beaches, art and music scene, shopping and Aboriginal community. With a score of 95.1, the city scored 100 on education and infrastructure and 98.6 on culture and environment.