Manchester still UK's most liveable city, says The Economist

Vienna has been named the world’s most liveable city

It is the first time that a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey.

At the other end of the list, war-torn Damascus in Syria was named the world's least liveable city, followed by Dhaka in Bangladesh and Lagos in Nigeria.

Vienna has taken the top slot, ending Melbourne's record seven-year run at the top of the global league.

"Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure", the report read.

"Nevertheless, with such high scores already in place, the impact of these improvements has not been enough to significantly affect livability in any of the top-tier cities".

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Who beat Melbourne? None other than the criminal city of Vienna, best known for opera and having honestly way too many museums.

Osaka in Japan ranked third out of 140 cities that were scored.

Sitting in behind Vienna and Melbourne are Osaka, Japan, Calgary, in Canada, and Australia's largest city, Sydney.

According to the Economist, the centres that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries.

The study attributed this to civil war, terrorism and crime. Many in the top 10 also have relatively low population density.

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The ambition to be "The World's Most Liveable City" had been the slogan promoted by Len Brown, the first mayor of the amalgamated Auckland from 2010.

The survey also looked at cities where long-term improvements had been made.

Some of the lowest murder rates in the world past year were recorded in Austria and Japan.

"New York (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) are all prestigious hubs with a wealth of recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable".

Puerto Rico's San Juan - which was devastated by a hurricane a year ago - as well as Damascus and Caracas also saw steep drops over the same period.

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