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Global Livability Report for 2014

Melbourne remains the most liveable city in the world


Melbourne retains the crown of "most liveable" city in The Economist Intelligence Unit´s Global Livability Report for 2014. In plain English, that puts the Australian city top of the pile when it comes to stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.
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The ranking, which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide, shows that since 2009 average liveability across the world has fallen by 0.7%, led by a 1.3% fall in the score for stability and safety. While this may seem marginal it highlights that over 50 of the cities surveyed have seen declines in liveability over the last five years. Recent conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East have underlined continuing fallout from a decade of destabilising events ranging from the war in Iraq to the Palestinian Intifada and the Arab Spring.

Melbourne remains the most liveable location of the 140 cities surveyed, followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna. Vancouver, which was the most liveable city surveyed until 2011, lies in third place. Over the past six months only nine cities of 140 surveyed have experienced changes in scores and only 20 cities (14% of those surveyed) have seen changes over the past year. Over half of the changes taking place over the past 12 months have been driven by deteriorating scores, with instability re-emerging as a key factor in influencing global scores.

Events in Ukraine, in particular, have had significant knock-on effects for cities such as Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg.  Localised instability has also affected locations like Bangkok. The score of Damascus in Syria has continued to decline, although the escalation in Iraq is not reflected in our ranking because Baghdad is not included in the survey. Despite events in Israel, Tel Aviv’s rating is unchanged, largely because the existing stability score already accounted for the unrest now taking place. Cities registering improvements are largely based in countries that have enjoyed periods of relative stability following significant falls in liveability. Tehran in Iran, Tripoli in Libya and Amman in Jordan have seen liveability levels recover slightly after sharper falls in previous years. A period of relative stability in Zimbabwe has put Harare on an upward trend in terms of liveability, although
the city remains in the very bottom tier of liveability (as do Tripoli and Tehran).

Conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores. This is not only because stability indicators
have the highest single scores, but also because factors defining stability spread to have an adverse effect on other categories. For example, conflict will not just cause disruption in its own right, it will also damage infrastructure, overburden hospitals, and undermine the availability of goods, services and recreational activities. The Middle East, Africa and Asia account for all 13 cities, with violence, whether through crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war, playing a strong role.

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