The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released its Global Liveability Ranking 2015, which assesses which locations around the world provide the best or worst living conditions. The EIU uses a rating system based on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture/environment, education and infrastructure. Cities are then assigned a score ranging from 1 (intolerable) to 100 (ideal).

Here are the top 5 most liveable cities in 2015:


How does this list compare with other city rankings out there? Mercer, a global human resources and financial services consulting firm, produced their 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, which is used to help multinational companies determine appropriate employee compensation when placing them on international assignments. By analysing 39 factors from 10 categories, including political and social environment, housing, schools and education, as well as economic environment, Mercer produced the following top-five list of cities with the highest quality of life:


The Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015 builds upon some of the metrics used in the other rankings with its “liveability assessment”. It uses information supplied by local correspondents, and includes the closing time of bars, commitment to culture and the price of a good lunch to determine its ranking of cities with the best quality of life. The Monocle analysis provided the following top-five list:


While these rankings provide no consensus as to which of the world’s cities are the best to live in, residents of Vienna can hold their heads high, as only their city appears in all three lists. Glückwünsche!

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Author: Murray Nicol is a digital manager at the World Economic Forum

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