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Vienna under the most livable cities in the world

Stephansdom, Vienna © ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA


14. September 2011

Experts agree: Vienna is one of the best places to live.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2011 Global Liveability Survey Melbourne is the most livable city in the world, followed by Vienna and Vancouver. The survey assessed 140 cities worldwide, on the basis of five categories including health care, education and infrastructure.

Vienna achieved an even better result in the quality of living research by Mercer Consulting, which put the Austrian capital in first place for the second time in a row. Among others the Mercer survey compares the political, social and economic climate, medical care, education, infrastructure and environmental conditions.

There are a number of various reasons why Vienna compares favorably with other international cities. It belonged to the biggest towns in the world in the last century and looks back to a great history. The indigenous thing about the Austrian capital is that it could preserve the charm of bygone days. Vienna endeavors to build a bridge between vintage and the modern world. A nice example presents Vienna’s public transportation system, which on the one hand still makes use of old fashioned cable cars but on the other hand also operates a modern and efficient subway.

Furthermore the capital is one of the Austrian tourism industry’s most valuable assets. Around 10.86 million overnight stays were registered in the city last year – more than ever before.