Vienna Is World’s Most Liveable City; Hyderabad & Pune Are India’s
For the tenth time in a row, Austria’s Vienna has been able to secure the title of being the most liveable city in the world in the Mercer’s Quality of Living survey that was unveiled on March 13. The Austrian city had toppled seven-year record holder Melbourne to attain the top position on The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index 2018.
Following Vienna, Switzerland’s Zurich is lying at the second position in this year’s Mercer survey which ranks a total of 231 cities across the globe.
Claiming together the third spot in this year’s survey are Auckland (New Zealand), Munich (Germany) and Vancouver (Canada).
Positioned at the 25th spot, Singapore has been ranked as the highest ranking city in Asia while Iraq’ Baghdad has occupies the bottom spot in the ranking.
European cities continue to have the highest quality of living in the world, with Vienna (1), Zurich (2) and Munich (3) not only ranking first, second and third in Europe, but also globally. As many as 13 of the world’s top 20 spots were taken by European cities.
Hyderabad and Pune have emerged as clear winner from India after tying for the 143th spot in the survey ─ in the Centre’s Liveability Index, Pune is ranked the best city to live in India.
Rankings of Indian cities of New Delhi (162), Mumbai (154) and Bengaluru (149), however, remained unchanged from the previous year’s ranking for overall quality of living. Kolkata is ranked 160th in the list.
Best Cities to live in India
Note: *Ranking is from the Centre’s Livability survey for Greater Mumbai.
** Kolkata did not take part in the survey.
This year, Mercer provides a separate ranking on personal safety, which analyses cities’ internal stability; crime levels; law enforcement; limitations on personal freedom; relationships with other countries and freedom of the press. Luxembourg has been ranked the safest city in the world, followed by Helsinki and the Swiss cities of Basel, Bern and Zurich in joint second.
At the 105th place, Chennai ranks as Asia’s safest city, while Karachi (226) is the least safe.