Authoritative research firm Economist Intelligence Unit published a ranking of the best cities to live in 2011. The rating also hit two Russian cities: St. Petersburg took 68th place, and Moscow - 70. The quality of life in 140 cities across the company's experts evaluated by 30 parameters, including safety, health, social stability, education, infrastructure, availability of goods and services, the environment and the variety of cultural activities.
10th place. Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7 points
At 10th place is the city of Oakland. It is the largest city in New Zealand with a population of about 1.3 million people, a quarter of the total population. Today Auckland is the economic and cultural center of New Zealand. On the city's historical sites is not rich, but that its scenic beauty Auckland affects many hearts of those who come here for the first time. One of the attractions - Altitude Sky Tower (Sky Tower) height of 328 meters - the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Auckland is surrounded by three bays, within the precincts of this town are 48 extinct volcanoes. Night Auckland
9th. Adelaide, Australia, 95.9 points
9th owned capital and the largest city of South Australia, the fifth-largest city with a population of more than 1.1 million people - Adelaide. It is named in honor of the queen - the wife of King of Great Britain and Hanover, William IV, who sat on the throne from 1830 to 1837 years. The city is located on the ocean. The central part of Adelaide's multi-storey, with a few modern skyscrapers is small, and the rest of the city is one of two storey character. Perfect cleanliness, accuracy and flawless finish of buildings - the card of Adelaide. Victoria Fountain. Here in Adelaide attracts tourists is the third largest in Australia, Kangaroo Island - Wildlife with a colony of sea lions and great for fishing the coast. The median income for a worker in Adelaide is different of that of the country, however, the level of life and property values are much lower than in other major cities in Australia. Kangaroo Island
8th. Perth, Australia, 95.9 points
Perth - the largest city and capital of Western Australia with a population of about 1.2 million people, located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The city is considered one of the major economic centers in Australia. It produces gold, diamonds and nickel. This is where the world's largest open gold and nickel deposits in Kalgoorlie, and the world's largest diamond-bearing Kimberley region, which is the main competitor of the South African and Yakutian diamond deposits. Perth is called "the pearl of Australia." Old buildings, comfortable pedestrian zone in the center of Perth, the beautiful views of the river make Perth very attractive to tourists. Many are involved with a soft and smooth Mediterranean climate of Perth, beautiful beaches, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
7th place. Sydney, Australia, 96.1 score
Australia's largest city in the south-east coast - Sydney. He is twice the area another giant city - New York City, and the main problem for all travelers - both have time to look as much as possible. Number of parks and green oases makes Sydney different from other major cities of the world: near the skyscrapers in the City - 34 hectares of the Royal Botanic Gardens. In the summer the whole of life in Sydney is moved from the City to the beaches: there are more than 20 urban beaches and a dozen harbors. The most famous Bondi Beach (Bondi) - a favorite place of surfers in Sydney. Sydney is incredibly beautiful evening: on the waterfront skyscrapers lights penetrate water of the harbor. One of the most recognizable buildings in Sydney - the Sydney Opera House. Another main attraction of Sydney - Harbour Bridge. It is the largest city of the bridge and one of the largest steel arch bridge in the world
6th. Helsinki, Finland, 96.2 points
Helsinki - the capital and largest city in Finland with a population of 578 thousand people. The streets of the city round the bays, bridges connect the islands, and ferries are in communication with the remote islands. Helsinki smelling of the sea and in ports is constant noise from arriving and departing ships. Helsinki is the center of business, education, culture and science in Finland. In Greater Helsinki are 8 universities and six technology parks. View of the city center. One of the attractions of Helsinki – Cathedral. 24. 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland, located in the city. Built on the peninsulas and islands of the Baltic coastline, Helsinki is a maritime city.
5th. Calgary, Canada, 96.6 points
Calgary - the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada, in the area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km east of the watershed of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The city is one of the sunniest in Canada - the sun shines there on average 2,400 hours per year. Calgary is located in the transition zone between the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Canadian prairies, so it is quite hilly terrain.Calgary Centre Height above sea level is about 1048 m. Life in Calgary, somehow, revolves around oil. It has been discovered in the early 20th century. Despite this, the city is considered by many organizations, one of the cleanest in the world. Olympic Plaza area. Distance is the famous landmark - Calgary Tower (Calgary Tower), height 91 m it is designed in such a way that, gently swaying in the wind, even with very strong gusts maintain its stability
4th. Toronto, Canada, 97.2 points
Toronto - Canada's largest city and the provincial capital of Ontario. The current name of the city received in 1834. Toronto - Canada's most cosmopolitan city, about 49% of its residents are immigrants. City view from the helicopter, November 2010. In Toronto, and is also the longest street in the world - Yonge Street, inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records and has a length of 1896 km. Here is the biggest zoo in the world. Zoo area is 283 hectares. Here, in conditions close to the natural environment, habitat, contains about 5000 different animals. The view from the heights on the other side of Toronto. CN tower - the world's tallest tower, built in 1976. Its height and spire is 553 meters, and at a height of 446 meters is enclosed observation deck. It is difficult to find the point where they would not be visible tower. Toronto Islands - a perfect place to relax and picnic. Here like to get local residents and tourists. City view from the island. The main attraction is the area of Toronto Niagara Falls. It is located between lakes Ontario and Erie on the U.S. border, 140 km from Toronto
3rd. Melbourne, Australia, 97.5 points
Melbourne - the second largest city in Australia with a population of about 3.8 million and the capital of Victoria. The city is considered one of the major commercial, industrial and cultural center of Australia. It is often referred to as the sports and cultural capital of the country. Melbourne is considered the most beautiful city in Australia. There is also a fine Victorian architecture, and a wonderful nature. Lovers of Victorian architecture worth a stroll down the street Swanston. It is the main street. Anyone who wants to see all at once Melbourne, worth the climb to the observation deck of the Rialto Towers. This skyscraper whose height is 253 meters. View from the Rialto Tower
2nd place. Vienna, Austria, 97.9 points
Vienna - Austria's capital, located in the eastern part of the country. The population of the suburbs of Vienna is about 2.3 million. This is one of the most charming cities in Europe, lying on the banks of the Danube. Vienna - a world-renowned center for music, thanks to a long line of famous artists who lived and worked in this city: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert. Here there are palaces and majestic area, picturesque streets and numerous parks. One of the most recognizable buildings in the city - City Hall. Imperial Palace - the winter residence of the Austrian Habsburgs and the main seat of the imperial court in Vienna. Today - the official residence of the President of Austria. Most in 2600 halls and rooms. Located near the capital Vienna woods - mountains in Austria. It is a wonderful natural area recreation - a forest area with their own towns and hotels, spas and hot springs
1 place. Vancouver, Canada, 98.0 points
So, we made it to the 1st place. According to research firm Economist Intelligence Unit, the best city in the world to live is Vancouver. Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada, in the beautiful bay at the foot of the ridge of the North American Pacific coast Cordillera. It is the third largest city in Canada with a population of 2.433 million people and the largest settlement of the Province of British Columbia. Vancouver, with a height of 500 meters. One of the most picturesque cities in the country is surrounded by a thick pine forest, snow-capped mountains and fjords. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world ocean. There is also a spacious beaches, and lush parks, magnificent architecture and buildings.Tourists from around the world are attracting luxury hotels, a lot of museums, shops, restaurants and sports facilities. Vancouver has a mild climate, being part of a unique ecosystem - temperate rainforest, so the summer is mild and hot, and winters rarely snows. Science Center. The famous Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, which is located on the hill Little Mountain