Not to be confused with our 25 Cities That Boast The Highest Quality Of Life In The World; every year, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), an independent business within The Economist Group providing forecasting and advisory services, publishes a report known as the EIU´s Livability Ranking. Analyzing and evaluating the livability of 140 world major cities, the ranking is based on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors spread across five areas: stability (threat of crime, terrorism etc.), infrastructure (housing, roads, energy, and other basic utilities), education (both public and private indicators), healthcare (availability of public and private care) and culture and environment (climate, sports, corruption, cultural activities etc.). A city´s livability may be a very interesting and important thing to consider when you are about to move to a new place. To find out what the most livable cities for 2015 are, take a look at our list. You might be surprised not to find some of the world´s most renowned metropolises such as London, New York or Paris in the top 25 list but as you will see, rather mid-sized cities in wealthy countries dominated the ranking. From Luxembourg and Stockholm to Vienna and Melbourne, these are 25 World´s Most Livable Cities For 2015 according to the The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (score: 93.3)
The capital of Luxembourg, a little landlocked country in Western Europe, Luxembourg City is one of the wealthiest and safest cities in the world. Despite its small size (just about 100,000 inhabitants), the city has developed into a major banking and administrative centre of the region.
Stockholm, Sweden (score: 93.3)
Home to almost 1 million people, Stockholm, the capital and largest city of Sweden, has one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. Boasting many renowned universities and a great education system, Stockholm is the cultural, political, media and economic centre of the country.
Oslo, Norway (score: 93.4)
Another Scandinavian city that made it to the list, Oslo, the capital of Norway, regularly ranks among cities with the best quality of life. Home to many famous museums and galleries, the city is also known for its highly developed infrastructure and extensive public transportation system.
Copenhagen, Denmark (score: 93.5)
Thanks to its stable economy, excellent education services and great social safety, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has ranked high on the livable chart for a number of years. Despite a top score for quality of living, Copenhagen´s scores are low for affordability as the city is very expensive.
Wellington, New Zealand (score: 93.6)
Known as the world’s southernmost capital city of a sovereign state, Wellington was referred to as the “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011. Apart from reliable infrastructure, great education system, varied cultural life and other benefits, the city also offers a clean and healthy environment.