The most liveable cities in the world

August 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Consultist Blog | No comment


The Economist Intelligence Unit annually assesses 140 cities around the world, and ranks the cities providing the best and the worst living conditions.

Each city is given scores from 0 to 100, as result of an evaluation covering over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.


According to the latest survey, Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world (scored 97.5/100), which is followed by Austrian capital Vienna (scored 97.4/100).


The world’s 10 most liveable cities are ranked as follows:

Source: the EIU

The study shows that the medium-sized cities of wealthy countries outscored the global business hubs such as London, New York, Paris and Tokyo; which suffer from congestion, public transport problems and the high crime rate.

London, New York, Paris, Tokyo 

The unrest in Ukraine has affected the positions of Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg.  Damascus (Syria) is listed on the very bottom of the list with the overall rating of 30.5 over 100. Baghdad is not included into the survey.

Conflict is stated to be the the main reason of the lowest scores, as it does not only have adverse effects on the stability but many other factors; including access to basic needs including food and health services.

The table below indicates the 10 cities at the bottom of the list.

Source: the EIU

The study also provides a suggested allowance rates for the companies paying a premium to employees who move to the cities with more challenging conditions:

Source: the EIU 


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