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Melbourne named world’s ‘friendliest city’

It beat 22 other international favourites and rival Australian city Sydney, recording a Friendly City Score of 6.06.

Melbourne has been named the world’s “friendliest city” in a list compiled by UK insurance company William Russell.

It beat 22 other international favourites and rival Australian city Sydney, recording a Friendly City Score of 6.06. Paris scored 5.99 for friendliness, and 6.635 out of 10 for its happiness.

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Image: The top 10 friendliest cities in the world (Source: William Russell)

The insurance company stated:

“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 LGBTQI+ community, who are often among the most marginalised communities around the world.”

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Further, the company credited Melbourne for being the “capital of cool” whose residents are “known for their friendliness.”

The list was based on factors including resident happiness, safety, LGBTQI+ inclusivity, top attractions and highest-rated hotels.

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