And the most liveable city goes to

Monocle magazine has released its annual Quality of Life survey for 2015.

Monocle magazine has released its annual Quality of Life survey for 2015 and all in all, Australia has, unsurprisingly, done very well for itself.

Our land, abounding in nature’s gifts of beauty rich and rare, has scored us two places in the top five most liveable cities in the world. Having said this, the two Aussie cities that made the prime spots are those that have the biggest rivalry – Melbourne and Sydney.

Tokyo took out the title of world’s most liveable city, for the first time ever, last year’s winner Copenhagen fell way back, coming in at 10th place.

Featuring only one city from the US and none from the United Kingdom, the list measured cities on a number of categories including the new additions of how much a cup of coffee, glass of wine, decent lunch and a three bedroom home all cost, respectively.

However, the part we all care about – i.e. the Melbourne–Sydney rivalry is settled for another year, with Melbourne sliding into fourth position for “honouring the good things in life: art, food, coffee, design, architecture, theatre, live music and sport.” The list also noted that “you’ll often hear a Sydneysider concede that it’s a great place for a weekend.”

Which, they may do a lot less now, after discovering they were pipped at the post by one place. Sydney made fifth place for its “long sunlight hours right through winter” and the fact that “the barometer rarely drops below double digits.”

The 25 most liveable cities in the world for 2015 are:

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Berlin, Germany
  4. Melbourne, Australia
  5. Sydney, Australia
  6. Stockholm, Sweden
  7. Vancouver, Canada
  8. Helsinki, Finland
  9. Munich, Germany
  10. (equal) Zürich, Switzerland
  11. (equal) Copenhagen, Denmark
  12. Fukuoka, Japan
  13. Singapore
  14. Kyoto, Japan
  15. Paris, France
  16. Madrid, Spain
  17. Auckland, New Zealand
  18. Lisbon, Portugal
  19. Hong Kong
  20. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  21. Hamburg, Germany
  22. Geneva, Switzerland
  23. Oslo, Norway
  24. Barcelona, Spain
  25. Portland, USA

But we all know the moral of the story is that Melbourne is officially Australia’s most liveable city. Sorry, Sydney, better luck next year.

You can read more about the Quality of Life survey at Monocle.





    COMMENTS

    To make a comment, please register or login

    3rd Jul 2015
    10:46am
    I don"t know how Melbourne makes it, it is freezing cold for eight months of the year, everything is ridiculously expensive, some suburbs have formed ghettos of undesirables you need a Flak jacket to enter and the city has an extremely high crime rate.
    I should know because I live in this dump.
    brainstraina
    3rd Jul 2015
    12:56pm
    Sorry Robbo but; you must be living in a dark and dank cellar in the most extraordinarily undesirable area and mixing with an equally undesirable group of people.
    It's my belief that you are able to do that in any city on this earth. To say it's freezing 8 months of the year, you must have been born and lived in the tropics.
    Come over to East Gippsland; it's monotonously sunny and I often hope for a couple of dull days where I'm not compelled to be outdoors.
    Anonymous
    3rd Jul 2015
    2:00pm
    No where I live is quite good I am well away from what I describe, however this survey is about Melbourne the city and not where you are in East Gippsland which is a nice area.
    Tassie
    3rd Jul 2015
    10:50am
    Wonder if they even looked at Tassie...we often get missed in surveys..especially from the mainland media...this is God's best kept secret..beautiful one day puuuurrrfect the next..:-) xxx
    Tassie
    3rd Jul 2015
    10:52am
    Robbi....that's sad...:-) xxx but your right ,,where on earth do they look...I think all cities have those areas...sure Tokyo does too:-) xxx
    Omacarla
    3rd Jul 2015
    10:56am
    Tokyo and Berlin?? Who makes these decisions?
    wally
    3rd Jul 2015
    2:45pm
    You must admit that Tokyo and Berlin are a lot better now that they were 70 years ago!
    PlanB
    3rd Jul 2015
    11:05am
    Makes me wonder also as Melbourne is either cold as or you darn well roast in the hot weather, the harbour is ugly, unlike Sydney --the best inn the world.

    Tokyo, well might have been fine? but after Fukushima not any more so much radioactivity now it is very very sad and darn dangerous.

    It is unbelievable that they are supposed to hold the next Olympics there -- bet there was some bribing went on there.
    brainstraina
    3rd Jul 2015
    1:16pm
    How does a harbour make the city liveable? Have you ever lived in a house which overlooks Port Phillip Bay? It is quite spectacular and probably just like other water/sea views. Yes, Sydney harbour is great if you prefer to view from your windows hundreds of buildings.
    Rob
    3rd Jul 2015
    11:06am
    Robbo - Not sure how widely travelled you are(not very by your comment) but Melbourne compares more than favourably with the overseas cities I visit.
    Anonymous
    3rd Jul 2015
    2:04pm
    Yes Rob I am Well travelled been in most of the main cities in the world however mostly in holiday mode and always during warm weather so I have perhaps a vastly different view of some of these cities than Melbourne.
    heyyybob
    3rd Jul 2015
    11:16am
    Always believed in 'Horses for courses' in most things including what will make you happy/content. Same applies with where you, yourself, find most liveable with YOUR criteria.
    stake
    3rd Jul 2015
    11:16am
    theres no place like home
    heyyybob
    3rd Jul 2015
    11:17am
    :)
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    9:39pm
    Cruise ships are quite a good alternative .
    Happy cyclist
    3rd Jul 2015
    11:19am
    There's a huge difference in my mind between 'most livable' and where I would most want to live. People want different things, for me a city dominated by cars and traffic isn't a good place to live but lots of people love their cars and don't mind sitting in traffic. Some want a beach. I don't need a beach. So I reckon its impossible to make generalisations with any validity about which city is best, 'livability' is in the eye of the 'liver' (no not the body organ).
    brainstraina
    3rd Jul 2015
    1:06pm
    Happy Cyclist, you are so right in what you say and also as 'stake' has written, "there's no place like home".

    Robbo, I am sorry you feel so unhappy where you live. Perhaps your home does no feel 'like home'. Perhaps I'm lucky in that wherever I've lived I have made the home my haven.
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    10:17am
    What's good for the "goose" who interpreted this compiled data (barometer falls, coffee prices, daylight hours, etc.) certainly isn't any convincing proof of "livability" to this "gander".
    heyyybob
    3rd Jul 2015
    11:19am
    Monocle ? One-eyed ? Might be a clue there somewhere ;)
    dippity
    3rd Jul 2015
    3:09pm
    so, why are there no American cities there? Surely some of them are liveable?
    Hawkeye
    3rd Jul 2015
    4:25pm
    Dippity, surely you jest!!!!!
    Too many bloody yanks everywhere.
    Anonymous
    4th Jul 2015
    1:18pm
    Portland Oregon is still in the U.S. At last look .
    Anonymous
    4th Jul 2015
    1:21pm
    Portland nice clean safe place with Trams but boring bit like Melbourne really ..
    bandy
    3rd Jul 2015
    4:38pm
    Ive been to quite a few of those so called livable cities as you call them they are very expensive although most are good for siteseeing
    retroy
    3rd Jul 2015
    4:48pm
    I have been to a good number of those so called most liveable cites and none of them can match Brisbane.
    I am again amazed that those cold holes can be regarded as liveable when we can BBQ all year round and swim for most of the year.
    Blossom
    4th Jul 2015
    11:48am
    Sydney is more expensive to live in that Melbourne.
    The smog is worse in Tokyo than most cities in Aust.
    Anonymous
    8th Jul 2015
    12:28am
    Why do you say Sydney is more expensive than Melbourne cars are the same food is the same , electricity is cheaper, we have better public transport , , rents about the same , the only reason our median house price is higher is that we have more expensive houses . If you take say 1974 as a base year Melbourne hose prices have risen more than Sydney Of course Sydney was higher to start with .
    This is the case all over the world people want to live close in to fun Cities and are prepared to pay for it ..

    4th Jul 2015
    12:58pm
    Liveable cities means boring cities who in their right mind would prefer to live in Stockholm rather than Paris ...
    Sydney is exciting go ahead and vibrant whist Melbourne is talking about rail crossings Sydney is building an underground network .Typical ..

    4th Jul 2015
    1:19pm
    DEPENDING on what global survey you look at, Sydney's more popular and Melbourne's more liveable, but Sydney is happier..

    In the latest poll, Sydney is rated the world's second best city, months after Melbourne was ranked the most liveable place on the planet for the third successive year.

    According to global research company Anholt-Gfk's list of best city "brands", Sydney ranked behind only London, but earned top spot in the categories for the warmest and friendliest locals and safety.

    And last month, an Ipsos MORI global survey of 18,000 people in 24 countries rated Sydney the world's fifth favourite city and the second best in which to live. Melbourne did not rate in the top 10 in either category.

    According to those 18,000 citizens, New York is the world's favourite city followed by London,

    The surveys can also be pretty specific. Earlier this year, Anholt rated Sydney as the world's second happiest city behind Rio.



    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/sydney-is-worlds-second-best-city-poll/story-fn3dxiwe-1226738045069
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    2:53pm
    About as believable as political party polls.
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    9:34pm
    Yep you got a point there who can believe that 28 per cent think that Shortchange is doing a good job.

    4th Jul 2015
    1:44pm
    2013, Sydney Airport secured 42% share of total international visitor arrivals to Australia, followed by Melbourne (22%), Brisbane (16%) and Perth Airports (10%).
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    2:16pm
    The article is about liveable cities, not airport traffic.
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    9:31pm
    Just showing that foreign tourists have taste ...

    4th Jul 2015
    2:03pm
    Melbourne's slogan " Give us your poor and destitute" 200,000 penniless Greeks on the way .

    Sydney's Slogan " Give us your rich and Entrepreneurs" 200,000 rich Chinese on their way..
    sirmikd
    5th Jul 2015
    10:25am
    "Our land, abounding in nature’s gifts of beauty rich and rare"

    Which we as a nation are destroying as other nations have done.We should have learnt from them. We all know about environmental issues but our Visual Pollution is appalling - Over abundant signage by state govt and council . We should follow Mexico City's example and ban billboards too. Then our cities might be something to be proud of. I have hosted many overseas visitors [ from Europoe] and they all hate this aspect of Australia. our "Americanism"
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    1:04pm
    I agree with You on visual pollution of road signage I would add poor design of a number of apartment buildings and particular public housing .
    But I don't agree on bill boards . I travelled through Eastern Europe communist counties and the lack of advertising made for very dull cities .
    jackie
    6th Jul 2015
    11:44am
    Compared to third world countries it is but not compared to Europe.
    Sorrento Jo
    6th Jul 2015
    1:10pm
    Been to a hell of a lot of cities all over the world, still prefer to come back to Perth.
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    2:29pm
    Nice to see Perth gradually joining the civilised world by changing its weird trading laws...
    Sorrento Jo
    6th Jul 2015
    3:34pm
    And the reason I love Perth so much is precisely because it is still a bit 'uncivilised', so there !!
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    9:36pm
    Bloody long way to the snow..

    6th Jul 2015
    9:51pm
    ???
    Anonymous
    6th Jul 2015
    10:06pm
    Needs an increased dosage.
    bookwyrm
    7th Jul 2015
    11:32am
    I don‘t know how Tokyo made it. Housing is so expensive there, families rent small two room flats. The place is a concrete jungle. The Japanese are not open to foreigners and many don‘t speak English. On the other hand, it is a very modern, clean, safe city with a great metro and train system. But expensive.
    bookwyrm
    7th Jul 2015
    11:41am
    Oh, I forgot about Fukushima, radioactivity, and the city being in a dangerous earthquake zone.
    bookwyrm
    7th Jul 2015
    1:25pm
    It was hard when all the signs were in Japanese script and no one talked to you...I was only there for a week in the early '80s. The museums were very good, the coffee and cake too, but apart from that the shopping and hotels and meals are too expensive. I regret missing out on the famous temple flea markets.
    migmag
    8th Jul 2015
    1:50pm
    Define Liveable first.
    Work out what is important to YOU.
    Then perhapse think again.
    Peter
    8th Jul 2015
    4:59pm
    Is a magazine really the definitive authority on this matter? The OECD is the definitive authority on such matters and their assessment has determined that the most liveable city in the world (and therefore Australia) is.......
    http://www.canberra.com.au/canberra-the-worlds-most-liveable-city/
    That's right folks, the winner is......Canberra
    Anonymous
    8th Jul 2015
    5:22pm
    Aaaaaagh!!!
    Anonymous
    8th Jul 2015
    5:35pm
    If I had to identify a “least-favorite”international bureaucracy, it almost certainly would be the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.



    The OECD is pushing for new global rules that will result in higher taxes on the business community.



    It has allied itself with the nutjobs from the so-called Occupy movement to push for bigger government and higher taxes.



    The OECD is pushing a “Multilateral Convention” that is designed to become something akin to a World Tax Organization, with the power to persecute nations with free-market tax policy.



    It supports Obama’s class-warfare agenda, publishing documents endorsing “higher marginal tax rates” so that the so-called rich “contribute their fair share.”



    It even concocts dishonest poverty numbers to advocate more redistribution in the United States.. But all my previous criticisms will seem trivial when you lean about the most jaw-dropping display of hypocrisy ever displayed by a government official.



    Here’s a remarkable comment from one of the top bureaucrats at the OECD.



    "Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the OECD’s centre for tax policy and administration, added: “The golden era of ‘we don’t pay taxes anywhere’ is over.”'



    I’m not joking. The OECD’s website openly acknowledges that:



    "Emoluments (basic salary and allowances) are payable in arrears, with the exception of the installation allowance which is payable on taking up duty. Emoluments are exempt from taxation in most Member countries of the Organisation, including France."



    http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4165/the_all_time_big_government_hypocrisy_award

    28th Dec 2015
    7:36pm
    [url=http://www.agario-game.org/]agar.io[/url] is a massively multiplayer action game developed by Matheus Valadares. [url=http://www.agariogames.net/]agar io[/url] a multiplayer browser game in which players have to eat competitors or be eaten while striving to dominate the world of colorful cells. [url=http://www.agar-io.us/]agario[/url] can be played in a deathmatch or between teams. To control the game [url=http://www.agarios.net/]agario skins[/url] you just need to use your mouse/track pad, the "w" key and the SPACEBAR. The mouse navigates your blob around and the SPACEBAR allows you to split your cell(s) in half and the "w" key allows you to eject mass for feeding other players, viruses or help you drop some weight to get out of a tough spot. Enjoy the world of [url=http://www.agarioskins.biz/]agar.io skins[/url]!


    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles