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Taipei rated world's 61st most liveable city

2013/08/29 16:57:45

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) Taipei is the 61st most liveable city in the world, according to the 2013 Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking.

The Australian city of Melbourne tops the survey of 140 cities for the third consecutive year with a score of 97.5, followed by Vienna (97.4), Vancouver (97.3) and Toronto (97.2).

The Canadian city of Calgary is in joint fifth place with Adelaide, Australia (96.6).

Rounding out the top 10 are Sydney (96.1), Helsinki (96.0), Perth, Australia (95.9) and Auckland (95.7).

Taipei obtained a score of 83.9, a gain of 2 points compared with five years ago, and is identified by the EIU as one of the 10 cities to record the most improved liveability scores over five years.

The report said conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores, with the Syrian capital of Damascus falling to the bottom of the ranking due to the escalation of violence in that country.

Others at the bottom of the list also include Tehran (Iran), Douala (Cameroon), Tripoli (Libya), Karachi (Pakistan), Algiers (Algeria), Harare (Zimbabwe), Lagos (Nigeria), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Dhaka (Bangladesh).

Liveability in Chinese cities has also declined as a result of outbreaks of unrest across China, according to the report.

The survey assesses living conditions in the 140 cities ranked by scoring each one on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

It gives an overall rating of 0-100, where 1 is "intolerable" and 100 is "ideal."

(By Y.F. Low)