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Melbourne has been ranked as the friendliest city in the world

Charisa Bossinakis

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Melbourne has been ranked as the friendliest city in the world

Melbourne has just been ranked as the friendliest city in the world.

In a list curated by UK insurance company William Russell, cities were pitted against each other to see who was the best.

While Victoria's capital might be known for its excellent coffee and colourful laneways, the vibrant city is carving out a reputation for being home to the friendliest residents.

Take that, Sydneysiders.

The study looked at 23 of the most visited cities around the world and ranked each destination based on a ‘Friendly City Score’.

Credit: Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy Stock Photo

When it came to rating each city, the study looked at a few different criteria, including resident happiness, safety, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, top attractions and highest-rated hotels.

The study read: “We looked at data from city residents’ quality of life in Melbourne, and the city scored an impressive 7.296 out of 10.

"Melbourne’s top attraction, according to Yelp, is the Queen Victoria Market, with 237 reviews. Out of these reviews, 0.42 per cent agreed that the market was friendly and welcoming.”

It added: “Melbourne is a forward-thinking, rapidly growing city, and it is recognised for being a fully open, inclusive and competitive city, as well as a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, who are often among the most marginalised communities around the world.”

Falling just behind Melbourne was Paris, with a 5.99 rating.

The study attributes the city to being the epicentre of fashion and culture for putting people in a great mood.

Credit: Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy Stock Photo

I mean, I’d be pretty content too if I was indulging in some French wine while being within walking distance of the Louvre.

Vienna secured its spot as the third friendliest city in the world with a 5.91 rating.

The study also noted the Austrian city is often regarded as one of the safest places in the world and has developed a reputation for being ‘inclusive'.

Also on the list, William Russell included Madrid, Brussels, Barcelona, London, Copenhagen, Taipei and New York City.

However, in stark contrast, Istanbul was rated as the most unfriendly city in the world, as the study noted it is not particularly LGBT+ inclusive.

Falling behind for similar reasons were Argentina and Portugal. Ah, I guess I won’t be booking a trip to those destinations anytime soon.

Melbourne, here I come!

Featured Image Credit: Andrew Michael / Alamy Stock Photo. Andrew Michael / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Australia, News, World News, Travel

Charisa Bossinakis
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