What makes a city liveable? Is it the location or the climate; economy or culture, crime Index or political conditions, education or transportation, medical facilities or censorship, or infact all of these coupled together? Well a city that offers a good standard of living, safety, education and ample jobs is one that in my book falls in the category of a liveable city. So here is a look at top 10 most liveable cities in the world.
1. Auckland (New Zealand):
Auckland which lies in the North Island of New Zealand is the largest and most populated city in the country. With the largest Polynesian population in any city in the world, Auckland is definitely one of the best places to live when crime levels, medical care, temperature, education and transport facilities are taken into account. Needless to say it is also one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
2. Sydney (Australia):
Sydney is the largest city in Australia, the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city there too. It is a cosmopolitan city and a hub of internal population. It is the city in Australia which not surprisingly attracts people from all over the world. In every possible way, it is a city that ranks high on the liveability index; one of the very reasons of the high percentage of people of every ethnicity in the city.
3. Melbourne (Australia):
It is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. Referred to as the “Garden City” and “cultural capital of Australia”, Melbourne too like any other Australian city has a mix of ethnicity and its population is truly cosmopolitan. It is one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities offering sound living standards to its inhabitants and thus one of the top liveable cities in the world.
4. Zurich (Switzerland):
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the Canton of Switzerland. It is the centre of railways, roads, and air traffic in the country. It is a global city with a number of banking giants and financial conglomerates based out of it. One of the most attractive features of Zurich apart from its scenic beauty is its low rate of tax which helps its inhabitants achieve a good quality of life, and hence its entry in this list.
5. Vienna (Austria):
Vienna is the capital and one of the largest cities of Austria. The centre of cultural, economic and political activities in Austria, Vienna is also said to be the City of Dreams and the City of Music. With a high quality of living, exemplary educational facilities and efficient transportation system, Vienna is definitely the most liveable city at the easternmost extension of the Alps.
6. Calgary (Canada):
There is a reason why people from all over the world migrate to Canada and that’s because it offers opportunities coupled with great living condition. Calgary is located in the south of the Canadian province of Alberta. Needless to say it is a picturesque city by virtue of its location in the grassland and parkland natural regions of Alberta. A beta- world city, Calgary offers high quality of life and this enters unassumingly to this list.
7. Dusseldorf (Germany):
Dusseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and centre of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. It is not only the finance and business centre of Germany but for the world too. It is the trading centre of Germany and hosts a vast majority of the world’s trade shows. It is also a telecommunication and media center. Dusseldorf is one of the cities in the world which ensures a great quality of life.
8. Helsinki (Finland):
It is the capital and the largest city of Finland with an urban population of 1,075,465 and a metropolitan population of 1,358,901. It is Finland’s centre of business, education and science education. Whether it is education, housing, transport, art, medical facilities, leisure activities or climate; in all respects Helsinki scores highly as one of the best cities to live in.
9. Perth (Australia):
It is the fourth most populous city in Australia and the largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. Known as the “City of Light”, the growth and prosperity of Perth has lead to the all round development of the city. The state’s resource industries which produce gold, iron ore, nickel, alumina, diamonds, mineral sands, coal, oil, and natural gas have resulted in the steady development of Perth. Again, one of the most liveable cities in the world!
10. Copenhagen (Denmark):
Copenhagen is the capital and the most populous city of Denmark. Coupled with immense urban and cultural growth major, Copenhagen is also the center of business, media, and science. With the largest airport in Scandinavia, its strategic location and popularity ad Center of Commerce the city has featured in the list of some of the world’s most liveable cities a number of times.