Global Livability Index

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  • Vienna displaces Melbourne as the most liveable city in the world in this year’s global liveability index released by The Economic Intelligence Unit.

World’s Most Liveable City:

  • It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Each year, 140 cities are given scores out of 100 .
  • Global Liveability has improved for the second year in a row, increasing from 74.8% last year to 75.7% in 2018.
  • Upwards movement in the top ranked cities is a reflection of improvements seen in stability and safety across most regions in the past year.
  • Australia and Canada did the best overall, with three cities apiece in the top 10.


  • The survey rates cities worldwide based on 30 qualitative and quantitative criteria, which fall into five general categories:
  • Stability
  • Healthcare
  • Culture and environment
  • Education and infrastructure.

India’s Ranking:

  • South Asian countries including India have fared poorly in a ranking of the world’s most liveable cities with New Delhi figuring at 112th and Mumbai 117th position in a list of 140 cities.
  • South Asian cities rank low in The EIU Liveability index. Of the 6 we cover New Delhi top (112th) then Mumbai next at 117th.

The Economic Intelligence Unit:

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a British business within the Economist Groupproviding forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis.
  • It also releases
    • Democracy Index
    • Government Broadband Index
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