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The 10 most and least liveable cities in the world, 2016 list revealed

For the 6th year in a row, Melbourne in Australi was ranked as the “world’s most livable city,” according to the Economist’s global liveability survey. Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus languishes at the bottom of the table, followed by Libya’s Tripoli and Nigeria’s Lagos. It’s not too surprising, six of the top 10 scoring cities are in Australia and Canada – ― each country has three cities on the list.

Austria’s capital Vienna took the 2nd rank, while the Canadian city of Vancouver was in the 3rd position. Canadian duo Toronto and Calgary took the next two spots to make it to the top five most liveable cities list for 2016. Adelaide also landed fifth, tied with Calgary.

Many of the best scoring cities are mid-sized, located in wealthier countries and have relatively low population.

Report is based on factors such as educational resources, environment, healthcare, infrastructure, stability, and safety, with scores calculated for 140 cities across the globe.

Meanwhile, Paris (32nd place) and Athens (69th place) were among the cities that experienced the biggest declines in liveability in the past 5 years.

The 5 least-liveable cities were Damascus followed by Tripoli, Libya; Lagos, Nigeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Most liveable cities, 2016

1. Melbourne {score 97.5 (out of 100)}

2. Vienna (score 97.4)

3. Vancouver (score 97.3)

4. Toronto (score 97.2)

5. Calgary (score 96.6)

5. Adelaide (score 96.6)

7. Perth (score 95.9)

8. Auckland (score 95.7)

9 . Helsinki (score 95.6)

10. Hamburg (score 95.0)

11. Sydney (score 94.9)

Least liveable cities, 2016

131. Kiev, Ukraine {score 44.1 (out of 100)}

132. Douala, Cameroon (score 44.0

133. Harare, Zimbabwe (score 42.6)

134. Karachi, Pakistan (score 40.9)

134. Algiers, Algeria (score 40.9)

136. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (score 38.9)

137. Dhaka, Bangladesh (score 38.7)

138. Lagos, Nigeria (score 36.0)

139. Tripoli, Libya (score 35.9)

140. Damascus, Syria (score 30.2)

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.

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