The Economist Intelligence Unit, operating under parent media group, The Economist conducts research and analysis on countries and industries around the world to provide forecasting and analysis reports to businesses and firms and help them understand the economy better. The Economist Intelligence Unit or EIU helps businesses make informed decisions based on insight and quantifiable data and facts.

One of the services provide by the EIU is annual reports on ‘livability’ and ‘cost of living’ of cities across the globe. This analysis is done based on multiple deciding factors which they then score and tally to arrive at a score of 100:

  • Stability
  • Culture
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Education

The annual report for 2016 has just been published recently and we take a look at the top 10 most livable cities in the world as well as see which country has been in the top for the past few years:

 

10. Hamburg, Germany

The German city of Hamburg moves up to 10th place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most livable cities list for 2016. Its rise comes as Australia’s Sydney drops four places of the top 10.

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9. Helsinki, Finland

Finland was ranked as one of Europe’s happiest nations in 2015. With Helsinki now the 9th most livable city, the country has even more reason to smile.

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8. Auckland, New Zealand

Frequently listed as one of the world’s best cities, New Zealand’s Auckland ranks 8th with a score of 95.7

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7. Perth, Australia

Great beaches are among the attractions of Australia’s west coast city of Perth. With hot summers and mild winters, the city has a reputation for outdoor activities including water sports and cycling.

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6. Adelaide, Australia

Australia’s Adelaide, which scores 96.6 has parks, beaches and vineyards but also, for ghost story lovers, Australia’s most terrifying tourist trails.

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5. Calgary, Alberta

One of the most underrated cities in Canada, Calgary held on to its joint fifth place ranking this year.

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4. Toronto, Ontario

With perhaps Canada’s top skyline — including the 553 meter-high CN Tower — Toronto ranked fourth in the survey.

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3. Vancouver, British Columbia

Once the title-holder of the livability ranking until 2011, Vancouver remains the third most livable city in the world.

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2. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is only 0.1 points short of Melbourne, Australia, in the index. Scoring 97.4 out of 100, the musical city with glamorous palaces and architecture came in second again this year.

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1. Melbourne, Australia

With great coffee, great food, a lively music and arts scene and lot of open space, it’s no surprise why Melbourne is rated the most livable city.

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For the sixth year in a row, the Australian city has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the world’s most livable cities.

Not all is well across the rest of the world however. Among them is the French capital Paris, which score has drop by 3.7% over the past five years, a situation not helped by recent terror attacks in the city. Paris is joined on its downward journey by Moscow, St. Petersburg, Athens and Caracas.

“Although the top five cities remain unchanged, the past year has seen increasing instability across the world, causing volatility in the scores of many cities,” the EIU’s annual ranking report summary says.

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“The continuing weakening of global stability scores has been made uncomfortably apparent by a number of high-profile incidents that have not shown any signs of slowing in recent years,” it adds.

Inevitably, the world’s least livable cities are those blighted by war, poverty and political turmoil — or all three.

Syria’s capital Damascus ranks bottom of the 140 cities scored with a rating of 30.2. Just above it is Libya’s Tripoli with 35.9 and the sprawling Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with 36.

Some cities are improving, though. The Iranian capital Tehran, which is benefiting from improved ties with the West after years of sanctions, has seen a 5% rise in its score over five years.

Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, blighted by years of runaway inflation and political unrest, has seen a 4.4% improvement, although it still languishes near the tail end of the livability chart in 133rd place.

This feature’s source came from CNN.

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