LONDON: South Asian countries including India have fared poorly in a ranking of the world’s most liveable cities topped by Austrian capital Vienna, with New Delhi figuring at 112th and Mumbai 117th position in a list of 140 cities.
Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi and Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka are among the world’s least liveable cities in the annual Global Liveability Index released by The Economist.
War-ravaged Syria’s capital Damascus is on the bottom of the list which comprises 140 cities globally.
The top 10 cities are Vienna, Melbourne, Osaka, Calgary, Sydney, Vancouver, Tokyo, Toronto, Copenhagen and Adelaide respectively, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report.
It is the first time that a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey.
Survey editor Roxana Slavcheva said that security has improved in “several western European cities” and Vienna’s top place reflects “a relative return to stability across much of Europe”.
“South Asian cities rank low in @TheEIU #Liveability index. Of the 6 we cover New Delhi top (112th) then Mumbai next at 117th,” Chief Economist and Asia Managing Director at EUI Simon Baptist said.
The list ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare. (AGENCIES)