Dhaka rated 2nd least liveable city | The Daily Star
12:45 AM, August 29, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:58 AM, August 29, 2013

Dhaka rated 2nd least liveable city

Melbourne most livable

fr255Melbourne made it three years in a row as the world's most livable city while Dhaka was only saved by Damascus, the war-torn capital of Syria, to be placed at the bottom of the list, according to the 2013 Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Survey.
The top cities and indeed much of the rankings remained similar to last year, with Australian and New Zealand cities landing five of the top 10 spots. Canadian cities made up another three of the top 10 positions.
Elsewhere in the EIU rankings, 28 cities saw changes in their rankings with negative livability changes driven by "civil unrest, with the Arab Spring, European austerity and Chinese discontent all contributing," according to the EIU report.
fr0256Vienna came a close second while Canadian cities Vancouver and Toronto stayed at third and fourth; Calgary tied with Adelaide for fifth place.
The top spots are mostly "mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density," said the EIU.
At the bottom of the list, due to ongoing civil conflict in Syria is Damascus -- dropping 10 rankings.
Tehran, Douala (Cameroon), Tripoli, Karachi, Algiers, Harare, Lagos, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Damascus (are at the bottom of the list with conflict responsible for many of the lowest scores, the report stated.
A total of 140 cities were surveyed under five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Scores in each category and sub-category are compiled and weighted to give a total out of 100. 100 is considered ideal and 1 intolerable.

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