Most liveable cities? Really?


There’s an Australian travel blog which always seems to come up with interesting things.  His latest is about “most liveable cities’ lists which get published from time to time and as he says;

I always have a laugh at those “world’s most livable cities” lists. I mean, I know they take into account “important” things like political stability, social welfare structures, transport, education and the rest – but would you really want to live in most of them?

He likes these ones:

Tomorrow. I would move there tomorrow. In fact, I’d move almost anywhere in Spain tomorrow. But Barca has it all – a great food culture, a good music scene, a champion football team, beautiful architecture, beautiful people, a laidback beachy vibe … What’s not to like?

I’ve spent every minute of every trip to the Dutch capital dreaming about what it would be like to live there, to cycle its narrow streets on my way to work, to play in its bars by night, or just to sit out in a cobbled square or lie in the Vondelpark whenever the sun is shining. And I reckon: awesome.

… among others.  Well, as a young writer, writing for the young set [does anyone write for any other group these days?], he might be right.  My list has some similarities and some differences.  For a start, i don’t like cities, fullstop, period!


However, if one must choose cities, then:

1.  Venice

2.  Vienna

3.  Paris

4.  Madrid

5.  Kazan

6.  … oh, I don’t know.


I’d actually much prefer towns like Barbizon, Modica, Goathland, Whistler, Alice Springs, Klagenfurt, Zelenodolsk [gorod devchornek] or sort-of towns like Geyser.

And you?

8 comments for “Most liveable cities? Really?

  1. Andrew Duffin
    October 14, 2009 at 09:06

    Venice, Siena, Florence, Glasgow, Vancouver

  2. October 14, 2009 at 10:04

    The Hague is capital of Holland not Amsterdam!

    • October 14, 2009 at 10:16

      Administrative capital, Jeremy. Rotterdam, I believe, is the commercial capital. i may be wrong.

  3. October 14, 2009 at 10:30

    Annoying isn’t it. Why can’t they have a proper capital like Jerusalem is to Israel?

  4. October 14, 2009 at 10:55


  5. dearieme
    October 14, 2009 at 12:16

    In Britain, Edinburgh or Oxford. In the low countries: how about Bruges? In OZ, Adelaide. In NZ, Christchurch. Or Nelson?

  6. October 14, 2009 at 13:39

    I was thinking Christchurch but have never been there.

  7. October 14, 2009 at 22:25

    I am not a city person either but maybe I could manage Bruges, Prague or Vienna…

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