>> Vienna has dislodged Melbourne for the first time to be named the world's most livable city. The two metropolises have been neck and neck for years in an annual survey of 140 urban centers by the economist intelligence unit. Melbourne clinched the title for the past seven additions. But this year, a downgraded threat of militant attacks in Western Europe as well as a low crime rate has helped nudged Vienna into first place.
The Austrian capital crowned for its many green spaces and lakes, public transport is cheap and efficient. Osaka, Calgary, and Sydney completed the top five. They're all medium sized cities in wealthy countries with relatively low population densities. Much larger and more crowded cities tend to have higher crime rates and more strained infrastructure.
London ranks 48th. While staying clear with some of the world's most dangerous capitals, the Index also highlights the least desirable places to live in the world. Topping that list was Syrian capital, Damascus, the war-torn city followed by the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and Lagos in Nigeria.