City of Light judged 'most liveable'

7th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

NANTES, Oct 7 (Expatica) - Paris ranks as one of the world's most liveable cities, according to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit assessing the 'liveability' of 127 cities worldwide.

NANTES, Oct 7 (Expatica) - Paris ranks as one of the world's most liveable cities, according to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit assessing the 'liveability' of 127 cities worldwide.

The survey weighed more than 40 factors across five different categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. The company calculated the total to come up with an overall 'Quality of Life Index' rating of zero to 100 percent; the lowest scores indicate the more attractive destinations, with anything under 20 percent considered highly liveable.

Paris came in with a 16 percent liveability rating.

Sixty-three cities - almost half of those surveyed in total - fall with Paris into the top liveability bracket. This reflects the fact that many global business centres have a developed infrastructure and widespread availability.

The overwhelming majority of cities in the top liveability range are based in western Europe and North America.

Lyon, the only other French city measured, came in with a 33 percent ranking which the company said means that many negative factors affect day-to-day quality of living in Lyon.

The survey found Vancouver in Canada to be the number-one city to live in, and "with low crime, little threat from instability or terrorism and a highly developed infrastructure, Canada has the most liveable destinations in the world," reports the EIU.

Gap in Europe slowly shrinking

Despite the clear difference in living standards between eastern and western Europe, the expansion of the EU and the strong economic development experienced in eastern Europe since the break-up of the Soviet Union is helping the east catching up with the west.

The three cities in eastern Europe with the best liveability indices, Budapest, Bratislava and Prague, are found in EU accession countries. Much less desirable are states beset by corruption and instability further to the east. Tashkent and Baku in the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan score among the worst in the region.

Istanbul, in EU accession-hopeful Turkey, scores low in liveability at 39 percent - in part due to recent terror attacks including the 2003 attacks which specifically targeted expatriates.

Where not to move

All cities in North America and western Europe have ratings below 20 percent.

In contrast all cities in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East exceed this. 

The influx of investment in China alongside the increased availability of goods following WTO entry has helped all six Chinese cities surveyed perform relatively well, scoring between 24 percent and 30 percent. Alongside them are other emerging business centres such as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. The survey shows the world average to be around 23 percent.

The worst destinations in the survey are those of Algiers and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea - where many aspects of daily life present challenges. All ten cities where the liveability index exceeds 50 percent are in Asia, Africa or the Middle East.

"Strong anti-crime measures in many Arab states are also a stabilising factor, although a low crime rate can be outweighed by the many cultural restrictions in place," reports the EIU.

European cities ranked most liveable
Vienna (2 percent)
Geneva (2 percent)
Zurich (5 percent)
Copenhagen (11 percent)
Helsinki  (11 percent)
Stockholm (11 percent)
Frankfurt (11 percent)
Hamburg (16 percent)
Paris (16 percent)

Top five ranked cities
Canada: Vancouver (1 percent)
Australia: Melbourne (2 percent)
Austria: Vienna (2 percent)
Switzerland: Geneva (2 percent)
Australia: Perth (3 percent)
Bottom five ranked cities
Nigeria: Lagos (59 percent)
Pakistan: Karachi (60 percent)
Bangladesh: Dhaka (61 percent)
Algeria: Algiers (66 percent)
Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby (66 percent)

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