Osaka is the third most liveable city in the world after Vienna and Melbourne, according to a recent global survey by the research unit of British magazine The Economist.

The Kansai metropolis boosted its ranking from last year, when it didn't make the top 10. The report attributed its rise to improvements in "quality and availability of public transportation, as well as a consistent decline in crime rates."

Calgary, Alberta, came fourth, followed by Sydney and Vancouver, British Columbia. Tokyo was joint seventh with Toronto, while Copenhagen and Adelaide, Australia, ranked ninth and 10th respectively.