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March 3, 2021
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Bucharest rated last among EU cities by liveability survey

A new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assessing the liveability of 140 cities worldwide has found Bucharest to be the least attractive destination of the 28 EU nominated cities, being ranked at 85 out of 140 cities around the world, equal to the Chinese city of Dalian, with a score of 71.8 points out of a total of 100, Mediafax informs.


In Eastern Europe, only Budapest (55 and 88.2 points) and Prague (60 and a rating of 84) fall into the top liveability bracket, meaning that they have very little quality of life shortcomings. The two are followed by Bratislava (65 and 79.8 points), Varsaw (70 and 78.2 points) and Sofia (79 and 74 points), according to the same EIU survey.


The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities around the world by looking at nearly 30 individual indicators grouped into five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The survey gives a rating of 0-100, where 1 is an intolerable level and 100 the ideal level. A rating of 80 or above is where liveability difficulties are very few anything under 50 places severe restrictions on lifestyle


Eastern European cities score an average of 72.5 points, below the 76.1 global average. Western Europe averages 92.2 points, North America 91.5 points and Asia together with Australia and Oceania – 71.7 points.


Eastern European cities score 71.1 points for stability, 73.2 points for healthcare, 75.2 points for culture and environment, 78 points for education and 67.1 points for infrastructure.


With a rating of 98 points, the Canadian city of Vancouver tops the liveability ranking. It is followed by Vienna (Austria) – 97.9 points, Melbourne (Australia) – 97.5 points, Toronto (Canada) – 97.2 points, Perth (Australia) – 96.6 points, Calgary (Canada) – 96.6 points, Helsinki (Finland) – 96.2 points, Geneva (Switzerland) – 96.1 points, Sydney (Australia) – 96.1 points and Zurich (Switzerland) – 96.1 points.


The majority of European cities are ranked in the top liveability range. Out of 140 surveyed cities, 64 scored above 80 and only 13 below the 50 threshold.

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