Budapest ranks honorably on liveable cities list
Budapest is placed relatively high as a liveable city, in 34th place on a list of 140 world cities compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Most European cities earned lower scores.
The EIU has released this yearʼs edition of its Global Liveability Index. The study looked at 140 cities from around the world and scored them on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
U.S. consultancy firm Mercer compiled a similar ranking earlier this year, but apart from the no. 1 city on the list, the findings are very different. On the EIU list, the Austrian capital Vienna ranks first with 99.1 points, pushing Melbourne down to second place, with 98.4 points, after the Australian city had spent seven consecutive years at the top (16th on the Mercer list).
In Europe, besides Vienna, EIU places only one city in the top ten, with Copenhagen in Denmark coming in ninth place. The highest ranked city in the U.K. is Manchester in 35th place, while London could only manage 48th. Among U.S. cities, Honolulu is the most highly rated, while New York comes in at 57th.
Budapest, however, performs well on the EIU list, ranking 34rd (compared to 76th on the Mercer list). Other cities in the region lag far behind: Prague 60th, Bratislava 64th, Warsaw 65th, and Belgrade and Bucharest equal 82nd. Rome, Dublin and Madrid also rank lower.
The worst performers on the EIU liveable cities list are Karachi, Lagos, Dhaka and Damascus. The full list is available here.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.