According to a new ranking, Hong Kong has been ranked as the best city in the world to live in.
The list of the world's best cities to live in combines Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global 'liveability' rankings with new criteria that examine 'spatial characteristics'.
According to the EIU ranking, Amsterdam was rated as the second best city followed by Osaka, Paris and Sydney.
Hong Kong was rated as the best city after additional criteria, including urban sprawl, connection and proximity to other cities, and pollution were taken into account, news.com.au reports.
Hong Kong scored poorly for pollution and cultural assets, but scored on natural assets and low urban sprawl.
"Hong Kong is a very compact city that has managed to maintain its natural heritage, create a dense network of green spaces and enjoy extensive links to the rest of the world," the report said.
European cities took five of the top ten ranking spots, with three cities from Asia, one from North America and one from Australia.
Cities such as Stockholm, Berlin, Toronto, Munich and Tokyo also gained position in the top ten rating.
Sydney was the only Australian city to make the top 10, coming in at number five.
"Sydney scores well for having low pollution levels and lots of green space in the additional indicators," EIU editor Jon Copestake said.
"Although it was hampered slightly because of the isolation of Australian cities and the urban sprawl of the city," he added.
Tehran scored the lowest on the best cities index, followed by African cities Nairobi and Lusaka.