Canada, Australia have world’s most liveable cities, says EIU

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has unveiled, to no real surprise perhaps, that Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, for the 5th year running. The news comes days after ECA International’s Cost of Living survey was revealed for 2015 (showing very different results, interestingly enough). The Australian city is joined in their top 5 by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Adelaide, with seven of the top 10 accounted for by cities in Australia and Canada:

If you’re young and fancy a move to one of these places, however, you might be put off by high living costs:

The EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking is not the only quality of living index, of course, with the likes of Mercer and Monocle magazine offering very different perspectives (hello Tokyo):

Ultimately, liveability is entirely subjective. If you’re young and into tech, you might be more cheerful in a city like San Francisco. People with families will prefer Singapore over Bangkok, while young professionals might be more motivated living in a Chinese city. London continues to divide opinion.

Where would you rather be?

Shanghai, Beijing among most expensive cities in the world

Juba

Switzerland might the happiest country in the world, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to move there any time soon: four Swiss cities are named among the most expensive cities worldwide for international assignees in ECA International’s Cost of Living survey.

The singularly most pricey city in the world, however, rocketing into first place from 9th spot last year, is Juba in South Sudan. Entering the top 10 for the first time are Shanghai (8) and Beijing (9). Having lived in Shanghai myself, I can attest to the high cost of living there – however, don’t let that put you off: there are great opportunities in China for people with the right mindset!