It was followed by Melbourne, Australia. Eight of the top 20 cities are in Northern Europe, with Copenhagen following Vienna into the top 10, and Zurich, Frankfurt and Geneva taking spots 11, 12 and 14. Helsinki, Amsterdam and Hamburg also made the top 20, while Berlin and Luxembourg came in at 21 and 23. Paris ranked 26. Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington DC are in the top 40. Chicago was rated 41st. London and New York ranked 48 and 58. Vienna is Austria’s primate city, with a population of about 1.9 million.
It is the cultural, economic, and political center of the country. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. It is regarded as the City of Music. The historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, buildings, monuments and parks. The UN-Habitat classified Vienna as the most prosperous city in the world in 2012/2013.The city was ranked 1st globally for its culture of innovation in 2007 and 2008, and sixth globally (out of 256 cities) in the 2014 Innovation Cities Index. Vienna is one of the wealthiest regions in the European Union.