GLOBAL LIVEABILITY RANKINGS 2019
Context: Global Liveability Rankings 2019 has been released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
According to the EIU,its ranking of 140 cities is based on their scores in 5 broad categories, each of which in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. These factors includes:
- Culture and environment
- The Austrian capital Vienna has again topped the ranking to become the world’s most liveable city.
- Vienna has also won top position in another survey, the annual quality of living index by human resources consulting firm Mercer, for the 10th time in a row in 2019.
- Vienna once again came ahead of Melbourne – which had held the top ranking for 7 years until losing it to Vienna in 2018.
- These top notches were followed by Sydney, Osaka and Calgary.
- Europe claimed 8 of the top 20 spots, with cities in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada making up the rest.
- The City of Light, Paris, dropped 6 places to 25th due to the anti-government “yellow vest” protests.
- It was for the first time, that the index noted the effects of climate change on liveability, with New Delhi and Cairo plunging in the rankings to 118th and 125th place respectively. These poor rankings is mainly due to “poor air quality, undesirable average temperatures and inadequate water provision”.
- London and New York rank 48th and 58th respectively as they continue to struggle under the perceptions of the risk of crime and terrorism and overstretched infrastructure.
- The least liveable cities were Karachi, Tripoli, Dhaka, Lagos and, at the very bottom, Damascus.
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