Vienna in international comparison

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Vienna leads the way in numerous international studies and city rankings – in categories such as quality of life, infrastructure, culture, safety and innovation. The benefits of all these advantages are felt by visitors and residents alike.

Outstanding quality of life

A quality of life survey conducted in 231 major cities worldwide by international consultants Mercer saw Vienna claim first place for the tenth time in a row in 2019. Analysis of 140 cities worldwide conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit came to the same conclusion, with Vienna awarded first place in 2019 for the second year in succession. The Smart City Index, compiled by respected consultancy Roland Berger based on the performance of 87 cities, ranked the Austrian capital first in 2019, as in 2018. And Monocle magazine’s Most Liveable Cities Index awarded Vienna fifth place behind Zurich, Tokyo, Munich and Copenhagen.

Top meeting destination

Vienna is one of the world’s leading meeting destinations. In the statistics on international congresses held worldwide in 2018 published by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in 2020, Vienna ranked sixth behind Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Barcelona, and Madrid.

Top travel destination

600,000 readers of the US and UK editions of Condé Nast Traveler named Vienna as their first-choice travel destination in Europe for its culture, culinary offering and magnificent architecture. The Austrian capital finished fourth internationally and was named one of the must-see destinations worldwide for 2020 in the Spanish edition of the travel magazine.

2020 rankings at a glance

World's 10 Greenest Cities Index
1 out of 50
The 10 Most Walkable Capital Cities around The World
1 out of 10
Anholt Ipsos City Brands Index: category "Place" (#1 in the "Place" category , #5 in the "People" category , total ranking #7)
1 out of 50
Condé Nast Traveller: 25 Top Destinations
2 out of 25
World’s Most Wheelchair-Friendly Cities
2 out of 25
UIA (Union of International Associations) 2019
5 out of 11,468
ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) 2019
6 out of 464
City Brand Index 2020
7 out of 50
ECM Benchmarkingreport - Total bednights 2019
8 out of 119
Strongest tourism brands in the world
9 out of 193