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Vienna named 'most liveable' for 10th year
Vienna has been named the world's most liveable city for a tenth consecutive year.
The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer's index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row, while Sydney has fallen out of the top ten.
Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed "red Vienna" for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing.
Being medium-sized, safe and relatively green are some of the features it shares with second-placed Zurich. Auckland, Munich and Vancouver came joint third.
Those top five cities in consulting firm Mercer's 2019 Quality of Living Ranking published on Wednesday were unchanged from last year's edition, though Vancouver rose to joint third from fifth.
Australia's biggest cities slipped slightly down the list, with Sydney and Melbourne both falling one place to 11th and 17th respectively since 2018.
Brisbane rose two places to 35th while Perth (21st), Adelaide (29th) and Canberra (30th) maintained their 2018 rankings this year.
"Quality of living is determined by many factors, from access to public transport and traffic congestion levels, to the availability of housing and international schools, to a city's cultural scene," Mercer said in a statement, without specifying how Vienna keeps edging out Zurich.
Mercer says it looks at 39 factors grouped under 10 headings such as "political and social environment" and "recreation".
The 10 cities at the bottom of the 231-city table were unchanged, with Baghdad ranked last, followed by Bangui in the Central African Republic and Yemen's capital Sanaa.
Its index, however, was based on data analysed between September and November 2018, meaning it did not take into account recent developments such as a massive blackout that has crippled oil exports and made already scarce food rot.
Brexit did not cause major movements among British cities. London remained the highest-ranked overall at 44th despite coming last in Britain in a separate personal safety ranking.
"In the UK, London remains ... the preferred centre for international business," Mercer said.
Originally published as Vienna named 'most liveable' for 10th year