The Grand Duchy’s capital dropped three places between 2015 and 2016 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Global Liveability Ranking”. Pictured: A view over the Pétrusse Valley taken on 3 August 2016. Photo: Staff
Luxembourg City, along with several other western European capitals, are slightly less liveable than last year, an international research firm has said.
29 municipalities in the survey saw declines in their overall score over the past year, “reflecting deteriorating stability as cities around the world face heightened threats of terrorism or unrest”, the report stated. In addition to Luxembourg City, liveability scores dropped in Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Lisbon, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Zurich, the firm said in a press release.
The announcement explained that: “Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses, from benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.”
The EIU’s ten most liveable cities in the world:
1. Melbourne (overall rating of 97.5 out of 100 points) 2. Vienna (97.4) 3. Vancouver (97.3) 4. Toronto (97.2) 5. Calgary (96.6) 6. Adelaide (96.6) 7. Perth (95.9) 8. Auckland (95.7) 9. Helsinki (95.6) 10. Hamburg (95)
The ten least liveable cities:
131. Kiev (overall rating of 44.1 out of 100 points) 132. Douala, Cameroon (44) 133. Harare, Zimbabwe (42.6) 134. Karachi (40.9) 134. Algiers (40.9) 136. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (38.9) 137. Dhaka, Bangladesh (38.7) 138. Lagos (36) 139. Tripoli (35.9) 140. Damascus (30.2)
According to the EIU, to determine ratings: “Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable.”