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1. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

Today I heard on the radio some results of the poll "Whats the best city in the world to live in". Kind of people evaluated the standards of living, salaries, places where to live and where to go - restaurants, clubs, historical places etc... And I was really surpised that the winner in Zurich! I always thought that it should be quite boring there... What's your opinion? Where would you like to live if not home?

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I'm surprised by that too Galina! There wasnt anything specific that I disliked about Zurich but it just had a very cold, sterile kind of feel to it I thought. It lacked atmosphere.

I think I'd like to live somewhere like Berlin or Madrid. I haven't been to either city yet, but from what Ive read and heard about those two cities, they seem like good places to live in....for young people anyway.

Maybe Zurich won because the poll was taken by people from different age-groups...

3. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Galina and Ev, any countyside in Toscana would sound nice, right? It reminds me of a book "Under The Tuscon Sun" with vast of wheatland and vineyard...tho it's not a 'city'...

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5790 posts) 11y

Hi Galina,

I think this is the poll that measures the 'most liveable cities' for expats. Their criteria aren't necessarily the same as everyone else's. Basically, it is used as a way to decide if foreign workers need to be paid extra for living somewhere (ie, Nairobi's woeful ranking would mean you get paid extra for living there). So, Zurich might offer good public transport, good understanding of English and other foreign languages (French and German particularly), minimal crime, and so on.. Melbourne has won this title before :) That is, if it's the same poll!

Personally, I do really like Melbourne as a place to 'live' and really wouldn't consider anywhere else better at this point. I wouldn't say it is the best city in the world to visit, but it is a very nice place to live. Mind you, there are places I would like to live for a short period of time; Budapest or Edinburgh maybe :)

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

These polls bear no resemblance to human reality. They look at urban infrastructure, lifestyle, income, health care, cultural? availability, etc.
In 1997 we met a Turkish guy on the Gallipoli peninsula who reckoned his town was heaven on earth. We spent one night in that town (just over the straits from Cannakale) and thought it was one of the most horrible places we had ever visited (ugly buildings, bugger all to do and disgusting food in the main town restaurant). We took the bus to Istanbul the next day after visiting the main WW1 sites, and would never go back there.
I'm originally from Aberdeen in Scotland but now live in Perth, Western Australia.
I have lived here since 1979 and would be loath to live anywhere else.
I came to that conclusion in 1983 when flying back to Perth from Singapore after a 4 week holiday in South East Asia.
The captain came on the intercom and said that we could see the Australian mainland on our left.
I got out of my seat and looked out of the right hand side first to look at the Indian Ocean, then crossed the jumbo and looked out at Australia.
I could see bugger all but miles and miles of red dirt, scrub and no signs of humanity, and it brought a lump to my throat.
This was MY country, my future and I was so so glad to be coming home.
I love to travel as much as I can, but Australia is the duck's guts.


6. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

My experience has been fairly limited but i would find it very difficult to argue with Peter. Melbourne is always a frontrunner in these polls and since ive started living here i can see why. Crime is minimal (like home in Ireland, a car crash will make the evening news). The people are wonderful, really down-to-earth and approachable. The weather is temperate. There is a fantastic variety of nightlife and everywhere is welcoming, yet right on the pulse, this town is a nerve centre for live music. For food and drink, its up there with the very, very best. Art wise, its as good as you'll get in the southern hemisphere. Pace of life is perfect, not too fast or slow. Relatively inexpensive to live. Its geographical position also means that it is very much within driving distance of areas of spectacular beauty, rainforests, deserts, snowcapped mountains, islands, rugged mountain ranges, lakes and beaches are easily available to the daytripper. For those interested in sports, this town is crazy about it. Transport is not perfect but it is way above average and lets face it, outside the rich asian cities transport is never perfect.

You could say that i am quite taken with the city after only two months. Its a pleasure to pay tribute to this town and her inhabitants. Thank you.

....oh, and the ladies are hot as f*ck too.

7. Posted by nata123 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

Galina and Ev, any countyside in Toscana would sound nice, right? It reminds me of a book "Under The Tuscon Sun" with vast of wheatland and vineyard...tho it's not a 'city'...

Completely agree about Toscana, but I would add Barcelona to the best city to live... so much fun!!

8. Posted by Maktub (Budding Member 49 posts) 11y

Well WeeJoe...I couldnt agree with you more!!!!
MElbourne is a top class city to live in. There is ALWAYS something on, wether it be free open air festivals, comedy, grand prix, the place is always buzzing.
And i actually thought the transport was better than anywhere ive ever been! But then coming from Ireland it wouldnt have to be great and id still think it was better!
I would have to put Beunos Aires up there too though. WeeJoe...Melbourne ladies are fit....but chieck out Buenos Aires. Not even in their league !!

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Melbourne? Hmmmm - nice place to visit but wouldn't want to live there.

10. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

I´m definitely looking forward to living in Melbourne. Will let you know what I think in about a years time
At the moment I love living in Madrid, but my favourite city to live in the world is probably Vancouver so far.