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Seeking a liveable city? Try Melbourne, skip Lagos and Damascus
August 16, 2017 / 3:12 PM / 4 months ago

Seeking a liveable city? Try Melbourne, skip Lagos and Damascus

LONDON (Reuters) - Melbourne and Vienna are the most liveable cities in the world, but you should probably steer clear of Lagos and Damascus, an annual survey has suggested.

FILE PHOTO: A vintage Melbourne tram passes by Victoria's Parliament Building in Melbourne, Australia, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2017 Global Liveability Report notes that a decade of declines in the ease of living has now stabilised, although a number of cities have suffered from the “spreading perceived threat of terrorism”.

The five most improved cities over the past five years are Tehran, Dubai, Abidjan, Harare and Colombo -- although all remain in the lower half of the 140 cities included.

The biggest decliners are Kiev, Damascus, Tripoli, Detroit and Moscow.

Rankings are calculated using a number of factors including crime, healthcare, climate, corruption and censorship.

Here are the EIU’s top 10 cities to live in: Melbourne, Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland. Helsinki, Hamburg.

And the 10 least liveable cities in reverse order are: Kiev, Douala, Harare, Karachi, Algiers, Port Moresby, Dhaka, Tripoli, Lagos, Damascus.

Reporting by Jeremy Gaunt; editing by Ken Ferris

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