Sydney of Australia ranked into world's top 10 cities

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Australia's state of Sydney has retained its spot in the top ten of the world's most liveable cities, beating Melbourne by eight places, survey showed on Wednesday.

The coordinator of survey said Australian and New Zealand cities continue to boast world-class quality of living standards and remain attractive destinations for overseas expatriates.

Sydney remained stable in tenth place in the global survey, scoring 106.3 points and overshadowing Melbourne, which ranked 18th on 104.8 points.

Australia's other state capitals were out of the world's top 20, but still in the top 40, with Perth ranked 21st, Canberra 26th, Adelaide 32nd and Brisbane 36th.

The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey has been based on 39 criteria, including political, socio-economic, environmental, health, education, and transport.

The survey has covered 221 cities and compared them to New York as the base city, which was ranked in 49th position with an index score of 100. It found the most liveable city in the world is Vienna, Austria, with 108.6 points, while Switzerland's Zurich and Geneva followed in second and third position respectively.

Baghdad in Iraq has been ranked last with just 14.7 points, coming in below Bangui in the Central African Republic and N' Djamena in Chad.

In Mercer's eco-city ranking list, Calgary in Canada has taken out the top spot followed by Honolulu in the United States.

The only Australian city to make the top ten in the eco-city rankings was Adelaide in seventh position.

Criteria for the eco-city ranking include air pollution, traffic congestion, water availability, waste removal and sewage treatment.

Sydney has been the largest city in Australia and Oceania, and the state capital of New South Wales.

Adelaide has been the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia.

Source: Xinhua


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