The capital of Austria is nicknamed the “city of dreams” and it seems that it has remained a dream place for its inhabitants, writes CNN. Vienna again came out on top in the list of cities where it is best to live, while Bucharest ranks 3rd in the list of cities that have seen the most improvements.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), an organization associated with The Economist, rated 173 cities around the world in areas such as healthcare, education, stability, infrastructure and environment.
One it retained its top position on the EIU’s Global Liveability Index, being praised for its solid infrastructure, outstanding culture and entertainment, and impeccable education and medical services.
The city, which came out on top for several years over time, was closely followed by Denmark’s capital, Copenhagenwhich also kept its place obtained last year.
Cities in the Asia-Pacific region stood out this year, but they weren’t the only ones to climb several places in the rankings. Bucharest rose 21 positions to rank 99.
Bucharest is on the 3rd place in the list of cities that have climbed the most positions, after the Australian cities Wellington (35 positions) and Auckland (25) and equal to Perth (21). In this top, Europe is represented only by Bucharest and Stuttgartthe rest of the cities that saw the biggest improvements coming from Asia.
Australian cities, which had fallen out of the top 10 recently, have climbed back up the rankings. Melbourne takes 3rd place now, again Sidney it’s on the 4th.
Canada is also well represented this year, with three cities in the top 10: Vancouver – 5, Calgary – 7, Toronto – 9. At the same time, Switzerland has two cities in the top ten: Zurich ranks 6th, while Geneva it is tied with Calgary for 7th.
Osakathe Japanese city that received slightly better marks for culture and environment thanks to the lifting of anti-Covid restrictions, finished in 10th place.
“As the world’s political and economic axis continues to shift eastward, we expect cities in these regions to slowly climb our livability rankings,” said Upasana Dutt, head of the EIU’s Livability Index.
Although Europe has a strong presence at the top of the list, European destinations also dominated the list of cities that fell the most in the ranking this year.
the capital of Great Britain, London (46th place), and the capital of Sweden, Stockholm (43rd place), fell many places in the ranking compared to last year: 12 and 22 places, respectively. capital of scotland, Edinburghfell from 35th to 58th.
“None of these cities saw a particularly large drop in their scores, but neither did they manage to make the gains that many other cities – particularly those in Asia – have been able to make over the past year,” the report said. report.
The average score obtained by the 172 cities (excluding Kyiv) reached 76.2 out of 100, the highest score in the last 15 years.
While health, education, culture, entertainment and infrastructure saw significant increases in many of the cities assessed, stability declined due to “public unrest in many cities in the context of the cost of living crisis, as well as an increase in crime in some cities “.
Among American cities, Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city, came in first and 25th in the world rankings, moving up a few spots from last year. Other cities, however, such as San Diego and The Angelsthey even fell by 17 positions.
At the bottom of the list, there were not many changes, there are the same cities devastated by revolutions and military conflicts as in previous years. Alger (Algeria), Tripoli (Libya) and Damascus (Syria) are again in the bottom three places.
Ukrainian capital, Kievhas been included in the ranking again – it had been omitted in 2022 due to the Russian invasion – and, as expected, has fallen to 165th place and is now among the worst cities to live in.
“The war in Ukraine and the resulting economic and political disruptions are affecting liveability in many European cities,” the report states. “Unsurprisingly, this is most easily seen in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, which returned to the study this year.”
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