Despite improvements in infrastructure by the Ambode administration in Lagos, a new survey by the London Economist Intelligence Unit was not so impressed as it ranked it one of the five worst cities to live in.

Lagos was ranked third out of the five worst cities, better than Damascus and Dhaka. Pakistani city of Karachi and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea were ranked fourth and fifth worst.

In contrast, West Africa’s Abidjan earned inclusion among world cities where long-term improvements had been made. Hanoi, Belgrade and Tehran saw the largest improvements in liveability over the last five years — more than five percentage points, according to the report.

In the new yearly survey, Austria’s capital Vienna beat Australia’s Melbourne to be ranked the “world’s most liveable city”.

The annual chart is compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in.

Each year 140 cities are given scores out of 100 on a range of factors such as living standards, crime, transport infrastructure, access to education and healthcare, as well as political and economic stability.

Vienna scored a “near-ideal” 99.1, beating Melbourne into second place on 98.4. Japan’s Osaka took third place.

Australia and Canada dominated the top ten, each boasting three cities. Australia had Melbourne, Sydney (fifth) and Adelaide (10th) while Canada had Calgary (fourth), Vancouver (sixth) and Toronto (joint seventh).


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