Each year international consultants Mercer conduct a quality of life survey in 223 major cities. Published today, the results of the survey once again saw Vienna claim top marks, with the Austrian capital taking the title of the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year in succession. Zurich took second place, followed by Auckland. The Mercer study looked at a range of factors including the political, social and economic environment, medical services, education, and infrastructure facilities including public transportation, power and water utilities. Leisure facilities such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports facilities, availability of consumer goods ranging from food to automobiles, and environmental factors including green space and air quality were also taken into consideration.
The European Smart City Ranking published in January 2014 saw Vienna edge up the leaderboard from fourth to third, ahead of Barcelona, Paris and Stockholm. First and second place in the survey of the continent’s smartest cities, conducted by US climate strategist Boyd Cohen, went to Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The list of the world’s most innovative, environmentally friendly and sustainable cities was published by the Co.Exist trade magazine in January 2014. The term smart city is applied to urban centres that use the resources available to them in a particularly intelligent and efficient way, employ innovative technologies, improve quality of life for the people that live in them, and