Vienna has recently been named the “most liveable” city in Europe and the second most in the world.
The city was cited by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) for high living standards, strong infrastructure, a good healthcare system and a low crime rate. Part of the The Economist Group – the EIU is an independent business that offers economic and social forecasting and advisory services based on a variety of research and analysis methods.
Scoring just ahead of Vienna – Melbourne, Australia has taken the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide and Calgary tied at fifth to round out the top five most livable cities in 2015.
From renowned exhibitions including international dance festivals, an A-list fashion week and a leading jazz festival, Vienna has been the cultural heart of Europe for centuries. The city is situated on the Danube River and is the perfect destination for a luxury European river cruise in 2016. With high-quality excursions into Vienna and other cities – and five-star accommodation on board the ship – they are not to be missed.
The other European cities in the top 10 were Zurich, Munich and Dusseldorf.
In another study released earlier this year, the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living standards, Vienna was ranked the best for quality of living amongst 230 countries that were analysed globally.
"The EIU ranking, which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide, shows that since 2010 average liveability across the world has fallen by 1 per cent, led by a 2.2 per cent fall in the score for stability and safety. While this may seem marginal, it highlights that 57 of the cities surveyed have seen declines in liveability over the last five years," this year's report stated.
A number of locations around the world have suffered in recent months because of an increase in global instability. Security concerns over on-going conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine and Libya have damaged the reputation of many cities.
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