VIENNA: Karachi has been named among the 10 least liveable cities in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) the research and analysis division of the ‘Economist Group in The Global Liveability Index 2019’ published on Wednesday.
Karachi has been ranked 136th on the list the fifth least liveable city in the world only managing to fare better than Damascus in Syria, Lagos in Nigeria, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Tripoli in Libya.
Other countries included in the list of the 10 least liveable cities include Caracas in Venezuela, Algiers in Algeria, Douala in Cameroon, Harare in Zimbabwe and Port Moresby in PNG.
Ranked on 136th position, Karachi’s overall rating out of 100, which EIU stated was ideal, was 40.9, its stability rating was 20, healthcare 45.8, culture and environment 38.7, education 66.7 and infrastructure 51.8.
Each year, the EIU gives 140 cities scores out of 100 on a range of factors, such as living standards, crime, transport infrastructure, access to education and healthcare, as well as political and economic stability.
Meanwhile, Austrian capital Vienna retained its ranking as the world’s most liveable city. Vienna once again came ahead of Australia’s Melbourne which had held the top ranking for seven years until losing it to Vienna in 2018.
The top two were followed by Sydney, Osaka, and Calgary. Vienna known for its convenient public transport, refreshing Alpine tap water, and varied cultural life scored 99.1 points out of 100, as it did last year.
The EIU said in a press release, “Western Europe and North America continue to be the most liveable regions in the world.”
Europe claimed eight of the top 20 spots, with cities in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada making up the rest.
London and New York rank 48th and 58th respectively as they continue to struggle under the perceptions of the risk of crime and terrorism and overstretched infrastructure.
London and New York rank 48th and 58th respectively as they keep on battling under the perceptions of the danger of terrorism and crime-based oppression and overstretched foundation.