The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index 2019, that was released on Wednesday, ranked Vienna in Austria as the most liveable city in the world.
Indian cities, New Delhi and Mumbai were ranked 118th and 119th out the 140 cities included in the survey. The survey ranked cities around the world as having the best or the worst living conditions across indicators that include stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and environment.
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The Austrian capital, that is a famous tourist spot for its classical music scene and imperial history, also has abundant green spaces and excellent public services. It beat Melbourne marginally by 0.7 points out of 100. Vienna scored 99.1.
The report said that culture and environment scores were reduced for many cities in the economically backward countries that are among the most exposed to the effects of climate change, including New Delhi and Cairo for their poor air quality.
New Delhi's rank fell by six places in comparison to the previous year over the high concentration of fine particulate matter in its air and also an increase in petty crimes. Mumbai lost two places on the index due to a downgrade in its culture category.