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Best places to live

Where it’s best to live

Australia and Canada may have experienced their worst Olympic performances in recent years, but their cities have something else to boast. Seven of the top ten cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2012 Global Liveability Survey are either Australian or Canadian.

Starting as a means of testing whether human resource departments needed to assign hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages, the EIU’s annual ranking has evolved as a broad means of benchmarking cities. (And in some cases it is used by cities to promote themselves.)

The concept of liveability, says EIU, is simple: it assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. The survey scores 140 cities from 0 to 100 on 30 factors across five areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. These numbers are then weighted and combined to produce an overall figure.

Cities that rank highly are mid-sized conurbations in countries with low population densities, conditions that are likely to result in low crime levels, functioning infrastructure and easily available recreational activities.

1. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

Vienna Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

Toronto Canada

5. Calgary, Canada (tie)

Calgary Canada

5. Adelaide, Australia (tie)

Adelaide Australia

7. Sydney, Australia

Sydney Australia

8. Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Finland

9. Perth, Australia

Perth Australia

10. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland New Zealand

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