The world’s most liveable cities
Categories : Curiosities
Do you want to know which is the best city to live in? Every year The Economist publishes a study called Global Liveability Ranking in which cities are classified depending on factors such as quality of life, salary, culture, infrastructure development, public transport, etc. Have a look at the first five of this year:
Vienna is characterized by a temperate climate, in between the humid and the humid continental; so, do not forget to take the umbrella, in case you decide to go out. Sure, this climate provides the city with that aura of solemnity that seems to ooze from the streets. UNESCO has declared its historic centre as world heritage of humanity, and rightly so. Its architectural style is truly unique as it perfectly represents the European Middle Ages, the Baroque and the Gründerzeit (economic period before the 1873 crisis). Not to be missed: Belvedere Castle, Vienna State Opera and St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Melbourne is often referred to as the city of the "four seasons in a day" and not without a reason. Its oceanic climate and its topography, in fact, can generate very abrupt changes of weather during the course of a single day. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city thanks to the great flows of migrants who, since the end of the Second World War, have landed on its territory, contributing to create a rich and varied culture. Over 30% of the population is composed of foreigners, in particular from the United Kingdom, Italy and Greece. Not to be missed: Federation Square, Yarra Valley and Flinders Street Station
Thanks to its humid subtropical climate, Osaka benefits from mild winters and warm springs. Despite being one of the most populated cities of Japan, is relatively cheap compared to Tokyo or Kyoto and its gastronomy is really delicious. Osaka is also known for the personality of its inhabitants, much more open than that of the typical Japanese who is generally much more serious and prudish. Not to be missed: Osaka Aquarium, Osaka Castle and Shinsekai District
Calgary is characterized by its cold and not very comfortable winters due to its continental climate, but it makes up for it by being one of the sunniest cities in Canada. Undoubtedly, the chinooks, hot winds coming from the Pacific, help to mitigate a little the temperatures. In the recent years, the city has experienced quite a rapid growth and is now one of the most heterogeneous cities in Canada; as a consequence, a wide variety of cultural activities are available, especially for music, theatre and sport. Not to be missed: Glenbow Museum, Heritage Park and Calgary Tower.
Sidney presents a humid subtropical climate, characterized by milder temperatures in the coastal area than in the interior ones. Remember that it is located in the southern hemisphere, so the hottest month is January. Many people believe the city to be the capital of Australia, but in reality Canberra is. Despite this, Sidney is very likely to much better known all over the planet. Not to be missed: the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge and Darling Harbor.
And what about you, where would you like to live?