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Melbourne listed as one of the world’s most liveable but Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide drop down

Aussie city re-ranked as one of the world’s most livable, but Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth drop out of the top 10

  • Melbourne maintains its place in the world’s ten most livable cities for 2022
  • The Victorian capital was number one from 2011 to 2017
  • The Economist placed it at number 10 with Brisbane 27, Adelaide 30 and Perth 32

An Australian city has maintained its place as one of the world’s most livable cities, as other state capitals disappear from the global top 10.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2022 survey, released Thursday, has placed Melbourne 10th on the list, leading the way for Australia.

The European cities of Vienna, Copenhagen and Zurich make the top three.

Last year Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth were all in the top 10, but they have fallen to 27th, 30th and 32nd place respectively.

The index cited a slow lifting of COVID-19 restrictions as the reason those state capitals lost ground.

Melbourne (pictured) has maintained its top 10 position in a list of the world's most livable cities

Melbourne (pictured) has maintained its top 10 position in a list of the world’s most livable cities

The top 10 cities were among those with few COVID-19 restrictions, the report noted, with shops, schools and restaurants reopening and pandemic-led hospital admissions declining.

“Cities that topped our rankings before the pandemic have recovered thanks to their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the report said.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the rankings show Melbourne is back on the world stage after years of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

“It’s hard to get a table in a restaurant, it’s hard to get a room in a hotel,” Andrews told reporters on Thursday.

The River City, Brisbane (pictured), was number 27 on The Economist's list for 2022

The River City, Brisbane (pictured), was number 27 on The Economist’s list for 2022

Adelaide (pictured), famous for its parks, dropped from number three to number 30

Adelaide (pictured), famous for its parks, dropped from number three to number 30

“The city is back. We are thriving and Victorians can be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Melbourne held the title of the world’s most livable city for seven years from 2011, before being dethroned in 2018 by the Austrian capital, Vienna.

The state opposition said Melbourne’s result this year was nothing to write home about.

“It’s not surprising that after the world’s longest lockdowns…after the cracking of small businesses and our CBD, we barely make it into the top 10,” said Liberal MP Matt Bach.

Commenting on Adelaide’s shift from the third to the 30th, South Australian Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas said it was equally surprising given the peak in COVID-19 cases in the city over the summer and the need for some restrictions to move from to stay strong.

But he also said he expected Adelaide to bounce back in subsequent investigations.

“South Australians are very proud of the fact that we live in one of the most livable cities in the world and also one of the most livable cities in the country,” the Prime Minister said.

Perth (pictured) was number 32 on the list of European cities in the top three places

Perth (pictured) was number 32 on the list of European cities in the top three places

“The fact that it has regressed throughout 2021 is unfortunate, but I suspect it will creep back on the table now that the worst of COVID is, hopefully, over us.”

In the 2022 list, Damascus, Lagos and Tripoli were the three least livable cities in the world.

Ukraine’s capital Kiev was excluded from the rankings due to the Russian invasion, while the conflict led Moscow and Saint Petersburg to drop 13 and 15 places respectively

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