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Canberra makes it to 26 most livable city in the world

By johnboy - 27 May 2010 42

The Mercer Worldwide Quality of Living Survey has, for the first time, rated Canberra!

OK, it’s at number 26 behind Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Vancouver, Auckland, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Bern, Sydney, Copenhagen, Wellington, Amsterdam, Ottawa, Brussels, Toronto, Berlin, Melbourne, Luxembourg, Stockholm, Perth, Montreal, Hamburg, Nurnburg, and Oslo.

Just imagine how we’d go with a light rail system!

Mr Stanhope is cock-a-hoop at the result.

“This is a great result for Canberra. This survey puts us well ahead of other Australian cities such as Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide,” Mr Stanhope said.

“It also shows we are streets ahead of many of the great cities of the world such as New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, London, Singapore and Tokyo.

“This is the first time Canberra has been included in this survey which ranks cities on a variety of criteria including its economic stability, infrastructure and transport facilities, crime rates and its relative strength in areas of education, the environment, housing, sporting facilities and even the range and quality of restaurants, theatres and cinemas.

Apparently this is a vindication of the Stanhope Government’s policies.

We also came 21 in eco-cityness.

What’s Your opinion?


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42 Responses to
Canberra makes it to 26 most livable city in the world
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la mente torbida 4:14 pm
27 May 10
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Yeah, and I believe any list that rates Sydney in the top 10

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PM 4:15 pm
27 May 10
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I didn’t think they had a category for gratuitous statues…

I’m with Johnboy – bring on the light rail!

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gingermick 4:25 pm
27 May 10
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And where, pray tell, did Queanbeyan rate?

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Pommy bastard 4:36 pm
27 May 10
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gingermick said :

And where, pray tell, did Queanbeyan rate?

Above Bangui. (Just)

Seriously though, Canberra’s not a “CITY” city is it? Don’t get me wrong, I love the place, but I do not consider it a major city.

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J Dawg 5:09 pm
27 May 10
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I smell something foul (and it’s not one of the lakes)…

The lack of ability of the courts to convict people for serious crimes would definitely have had an impact. I’m thinking someone in the ACT Gov’t has seen the movie “Hot Fuzz” one too many times and decided that the movie plot could work out in real life.

I’ll also hazard a guess that by *real* city standards, Canberra’s lack of proper public transportation is offset by its lack of traffic congestion.

And a further guess would be that Canberra’s abundance of trees (and a pounding of “bush capital” into the heads of those evaluating the city) would offset the record of natural disasters.

Ahhh the (potential, yet speculative) irony…

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georgesgenitals 5:11 pm
27 May 10
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I live in the best street, in the best suburb. of the best city, of the best state, of the best country, of the best planet, dammit.

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Clown Killer 5:42 pm
27 May 10
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The lack of ability of the courts to convict people for serious crimes would definitely have had an impact

For sure it would have helped. If the criteria for crime rate was assessed on the number of convictions per 1000 residents then Canberra (statistically speaking) would have an extremely low crime rate – pushing us a couple of rungs up the ladder.

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caf 6:04 pm
27 May 10
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This survey puts us well ahead of other Australian cities such as Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide.

Doesn’t that count as “damning with faint praise”? 😉

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arescarti42 6:20 pm
27 May 10
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It is probably worthwhile pointing out that according to the publisher of the survey, Mercer, “quality of living” refers to “the degree to which expatriates enjoy the potential standard of living in the host location”.

Mercer is a human resource consulting firm, so it looks to me as though the survey is primarily designed to inform multinational corporations on the best places to do business (Which would explain why Sydney, an Alpha world city in a stable western democracy with good access to the rapidly growing region of south east Asia, ranks highly).

It is probably not a very representative measure of quality of life unless you are an expatriate.

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arescarti42 6:22 pm
27 May 10
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Actually that would also explain why New York, the business hub of the world, is used as the benchmark.

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Drzaius 7:45 pm
27 May 10
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I really don’t understand how Canberra was ranked so high. Maybe if they actually interviewed some residents instead of just looking at stats they would realise that there is absolutely nothing to do here. Who cares about trees when it’s so miserable 8 months of the year you don’t want to go outside! Not to mention that much of the city and Inner North is inhabited by welfare recipients. Driving into the city from Sydney is an embarrassment…all those clothes hanging on balconies… I could go on for a while.

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vg 8:49 pm
27 May 10
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Drzaius said :

I really don’t understand how Canberra was ranked so high. Maybe if they actually interviewed some residents instead of just looking at stats they would realise that there is absolutely nothing to do here. Who cares about trees when it’s so miserable 8 months of the year you don’t want to go outside! Not to mention that much of the city and Inner North is inhabited by welfare recipients. Driving into the city from Sydney is an embarrassment…all those clothes hanging on balconies… I could go on for a while.

Please do, you sound as if you do regularly anyway.

If it ails you so, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out

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Aeek 8:51 pm
27 May 10
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Commuting from the Western Suburbs of Sydney is livable?

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Postalgeek 8:59 pm
27 May 10
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Drzaius said :

I really don’t understand how Canberra was ranked so high. Maybe if they actually interviewed some residents instead of just looking at stats they would realise that there is absolutely nothing to do here. Who cares about trees when it’s so miserable 8 months of the year you don’t want to go outside! Not to mention that much of the city and Inner North is inhabited by welfare recipients. Driving into the city from Sydney is an embarrassment…all those clothes hanging on balconies… I could go on for a while.

There’s always one thing you can do, and that’s piss off.

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J Dawg 10:29 pm
27 May 10
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Drzaius said :

Maybe if they actually interviewed some residents instead of just looking at stats they would realise that there is absolutely nothing to do here.

I think that reflects more the person than the place.

BTW – looking at the stats, there is plenty to do here. Go find it.

Drzaius said :

Who cares about trees when it’s so miserable 8 months of the year you don’t want to go outside!

Because some of us venture outside of our homes for a lot more than just the weather. Maybe because of friends, hobbies, sports, just to name a few. Maybe you should try some of them, it might help you get over it.

I think the saddest thing is that you are living in a place which you hate. Why live somewhere you hate? Aren’t you wasting your life? Think about it.

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