What are the top cities to live in this year?  In 2012 the most liveable places on the planet are Melbourne, Vienna and Zurich, topping respectively the Economist Intelligence Unit’s, Mercer and Monocle index.  Australian, Canadian, German speaking and North European cities such as Helsinki and Copenhagen are favourites on the list, considered some of the world’s best places to live with a high quality of life standard.


  1. Introduction
  2. Economist’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012
  3. Mercer’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012
  4. Monocle’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012
  5. World’s Top Cities to live in complete list

Economist’s Top Cities to live in 2012

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Global Liveability Report 2012 puts Australian cities on top position with 4 spots on the top 10 list including Melbourne voted the world’s most liveable city.  Vienna, Helsinki and New Zealand feature on the list as well as 3 Canadian cities with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary on the 3rd, 4th and 5th position respectively.

The Economist World’s most Liveable cities order and ratings:

  1. Melbourne, Australia, 97.5
  2. Vienna, Austria, 97.4
  3. Vancouver, Canada, 97.3
  4. Toronto, Canada, 97.2
  5. Calgary, Canada, 96.6
  6. Adelaide, Australia, 96.6
  7. Sydney, Australia, 96.1
  8. Helsinki,  Finland, 96
  9. Perth, Australia, 95.9
  10. Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7

Mercer’s Top Cities to live in 2012

Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey puts German speaking European countries on top position with Vienna taking the lead and other cities including Zurich, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva and Bern on the list.

The Mercer World’s most Liveable cities list:

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Düsseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Bern, Switzerland
  11. Sydney, Australia

Monocle’s Top Cities to live in 2012

As for the Monocle’s magazine Most Livable Cities Index have Zurich topping the list, Helsinki second and Copenhagen third.  Other Global cities unique on this list include Japan’s and Sweden capitals Tokyo and Stockholm.

The Monocle’s World’s most Liveable cities list include:

  1. Zurich
  2. Helsinki
  3. Copenhagen
  4. Vienna
  5. Munich
  6. Melbourne
  7. Tokyo
  8. Sydney
  9. Auckland
  10. Stockholm

World’s most Liveable cities complete list

The following is the complete list of the world’s most Liveable cities 2012 in alphabetic order (including the top 10 of the :

  1. Adelaide
  2. Auckland
  3. Bern
  4. Calgary
  5. Düsseldorf
  6. Frankfurt
  7. Geneva
  8. Helsinki
  9. Melbourne
  10. Munich
  11. Perth
  12. Stockholm
  13. Sydney
  14. Tokyo
  15. Toronto
  16. Vancouver
  17. Vienna
  18. Zurich
Position EIU Mercer Monocle
1 Melbourne Vienna Zurich
2 Vienna Zurich Helsinki
3 Vancouver Auckland Copenhagen
4 Toronto Munich Vienna
5 Calgary Vancouver Munich
6 Adelaide Düsseldorf Melbourne
7 Sydney Frankfurt Tokyo
8 Helsinki Geneva Sydney
9 Perth Copenhagen Auckland
10 Auckland Bern & Sydney Stockholm

World’s Top Cities to live in HD video

The following is an HD Film about the World’s Top Cities to live in created by Mat Siems.  It includes some of the world’s most important cities such as Melbourne, Vienna, Vienna, Vancouver and Auckland.

Click here to view the World’s Top Cities to live in HD.