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Australian cities ranked with world's best

Five Australian cities have been ranked among the top 20 places in a British survey evaluating the liveability of 140 of the world's major centers.

 

Melbourne ranked third in the world, behind Vancouver in Canada and the Austrian city of Vienna in the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 2009 Liveability survey which was released early Tuesday morning.

 

It assessed 140 cities based on stability, health care, education, infrastructure and culture and environment, giving each one a rating out of 100.

 

Perth was equal fifth with Calgary in Canada, with Sydney sharing ninth place with Zurich in Switzerland, Adelaide in 11th place and Brisbane 16th on the list.

 

"Australian cities represent many of the best aspects of liveability, while instability in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh means that cities in South Asia fare much worse," EIU spokesman Jon Copestake said in a statement.

 

The highest-ranked Asian city was Osaka in Japan (13th). The next highest was Hong Kong (equal 39th with Madrid, Spain) followed by Singapore (54th) and Seoul, South Korea (58th).

 

U.S. centers were well down the list. Pittsburgh ranked highest, in 29th place.

 

The Economist Intelligence Unit is a branch of The Economist Group, which publishes The Economist, a weekly news magazine, in London.

 

(Xinhua News Agency June 9, 2009)