Melbourne is 'most liveable city'

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Melbourne tops the ranking as the world’s most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit poll.

According to Human Resources Online, Singapore ranks 52nd. Hong Kong came in 31st. 

Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the list of 140 cities released on Tuesday. 

The EIU’s survey assesses the liveability of cities based on a number of key factors, including stability and the quality of healthcare, culture, the environment, education and infrastructure.

And at the bottom ...

The Economist survey also includes a listing of cities whose “liveability” has declined most in the past five years.

Bottom was Damascus, capital of war-torn Syria, while just above it in ascending order were Dhaka in Bangladesh, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Lagos, Nigeria.

Kiev, capital of Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are battling Ukrainian forces in the east of the country, dropped 17.8 percent, the survey found and is ranked 124th of 140. 

In a separate poll by consulting firm Mercer earlier this year, Vienna was named the most liveable city, while Singapore ranked top in Asia-Pacific. 

Sources: Reuters, Human Resources Online

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