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After seven years at the top, Melbourne has been displaced by Vienna as the most liveable city in this year's ranking. The strong performance of some of our cities absolutely does not the salve the sting of being defeated by the Austrians, however.

Who beat Melbourne? None other than the criminal city of Vienna, best known for opera and having honestly way too many museums. But while Melbourne extended its lead in the culture and environment component, that was outweighed by Vienna's improved stability ranking.

It added that the Middle East, Africa and Asia accounted for the 10 lowest-scoring cities in the survey where violence, whether through crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war, played a significant role. The UAE's deployment of armed forces in Yemen, as well as political hostility with Iran, continued to pose a threat in the country and the region, it observed.

The 2018 index of global livability compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit has the Alberta city ranked behind Vienna, Melbourne and Osaka.

"Of the 140 surveyed cities, 49 percent registered negative changes in their overall liveability rank in the past six months and 34 percent experienced positive movements". Calgary, Canada, 5. Sydney, Australia, 6.

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The top ten included three cities each from Australia and Canada, as well as two Japanese cities.

Among other Australian cities to be demoted, Perth has gone from seventh to 14th place since 2017. In the overall report, London came 48th and Manchester came 35th - ahead of the capital by 13 places.

The survey had been criticised previous year for demoting Manchester eight places after the May 22nd attack.

The ranking's editor, Roxana Slavcheva, said Manchester had "shown resilience in the city's recovery from a recent, high-profile terrorist attack, which previously shook up stability".

"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".


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