19 August 2014
Traditionally, The Economist evaluates the cities according to 30 different factors in various categories, e.g. health care, stability, culture, education, environment and infrastructure.
Among other cities in the top 10 the following were named: Sydney, Australia, Helsinki, Finland, Perth, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand.
The general trend shows the world’s most livable cities are usually mid-sized cities in rich countries where the population density is quite low.
“It can support the recreational activities sector without increasing the crime levels or overburdening the national infrastructure,” – the report noted. “In fact, 8 of the top 10 cities are in Australia and Canada, where population densities are 2.88 and 3.40 people per square kilometres respectively.”