Luxembourg 24th in global liveability ranking
(CS) Luxembourg has been placed 24th out of 140 cities around the globe, and 11th in Europe, in a liveability ranking carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The ranking assesses 30 factors in five categories – stability (25 percent of total), healthcare (20 percent), culture and environment (25 percent), education (10 percent) and infrastructure (20 percent) – with a maximum score of 100 points attainable.
The top city in the 2015 Global Liveability Ranking was Melbourne, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, and Adelaide and Calgary in joint fifth place, leaving the top five dominated by Australia and Canada.
Luxembourg top for healthcare
Luxembourg came in joint 24th place globally with Stockholm, with a score of 93.3 points. The Grand Duchy received full marks for healthcare, with 95 points for stability, 92.9 points for infrastructure, 90.5 points for culture and entertainment and 83.3 points for education.
Among the European cities in the ranking, Luxembourg City placed 11th, and among EU cities, the capital even ranked 7th.
The best UK city was Manchester at 46th place globally. London dropped out of the top 50 and placed 53rd.
Germany did well, with three cities in the global top 25 – Hamburg (13), Frankfurt (15) and Berlin (20). Brussels was the best-ranking city in Belgium, in 27th place. France had Paris and Lyon in consecutive ranks on 29 and 30.
Top US city was Honululu (19). US capital Washington DC placed 31st, while New York only came 55th, the 13th best US city in the report.
At the bottom end of the scale were Tripoli, Lagos, Port Moresby, Dhaka and Damascus, which reached the lowest score of just 29.3 points in total.
The report also found that liveability around the world had decreased over the past five years, with deteriorating scores in 57 cities.
Armed conflict, terrorist attacks, civil unrest, but also austerity and shrinking economies, have negatively impacted liveability in a number of cities in the ranking.
The biggest falls in liveability scores between 2010 and 2015 were thus experienced in Damascus, Kiev, Tripoli, Tunis, Athens, Detroit, Moscow, Cairo, Bahrain and St Petersburg.
A number of cities, however, have also been bucking the trend, with the ten most improved cities Harare, Kathmandu, Dubai, Warsaw, Kuwait City, Honolulu, Beijing, Bratislava, Baku and Nairobi.
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