Author | Eduardo BravoThe team of experts from the Economist Intelligence Unit has named Vienna as the World’s most liveable city in 2019. Behind Vienna in the group of the most liveable cities, are Melbourne, Sidney, Osaka and the three Canadian cities, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. We have to wait until position number nine to find the firstEuropean city, specifically, Copenhagen.In tenth position is the Australian city of Adelaide and the next European city does not appear until positions ten to twenty. The list does not include any Spanish cities, which contrasts with other similar rankings, such as the Monocle magazine which, at the beginning of 2019, named Madrid as the eighth best city in the world to live in.The reason for these discrepancies between the lists, is due mainly to the criteria used to create them. While Monocle takes into account issues such as lifestyle, restaurants or shops, the Economist Intelligence Unit uses parameters that include five categories covering a variety of fields such as health, infrastructures, environmental quality, the range of cultural activities on offer, security and political stability.This last point is what has led, for example, large cities such as New York, London and Paris, to fare poorly in the ranking. Issues such as the greater risk of suffering terrorist attacks in the first two cities and the yellow vests protests held in the French capital last year, have gone against them. In fact, analysts warn that the 38th position occupied by Hong Kong, could be at risk next year, as a result of the violent confrontations between citizens and the police in recent weeks.
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