Melbourne was rated the most-livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Photo: public domain

Seven out of the top ten most livable cities, according to a new Economist Intelligence Unit ranking, were in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Europe managed the other three spots, with Vienna in the number two spot, and Helsinki and Hamburg grabbing numbers nine and ten.

Not surprisingly, the least livable cities were dominated by cities threatened by violent conflict and lacking infrastructure.

Considering EIU’s corporate audience, the scale is compiled to provide intelligence to companies which consider business opportunities and the relocation of employees: “Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses, from benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.”

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit