Karachi is the 7th least liveable city in the world as per the 2021 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (The EIU) Global Liveability Ranking.
While Damascus remains the world’s least liveable city and most of the previous ten least liveable cities remain in the bottom ten this year.
Here’s the full list of the 10 least liveable cities in the world in 2021:
- Damascus, Syria
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Port Moresby, PNG
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Algiers, Algeria
- Tripoli, Libya
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Douala, Cameroon
- Caracas, Venezuela
The report says that with an average score of 68.6, cities in the Asia-Pacific region scored below the average of 73.09 recorded before the pandemic began.
According to the EIU Global Liveability Ranking, Auckland is the most liveable city in the world.
While Osaka, Adelaide, Tokyo, and Wellington rounded out the top five spot as the strong contingent of cities in the APAC region at the top of the rankings.
Upasana Dutt, Head of Global Liveability at The Economist Intelligence Unit, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on global liveability. Cities across the world are now much less liveable than they were before the pandemic began, and we’ve seen that regions such as Europe have been hit particularly hard”.
“The cities that have risen to the top of the rankings this year are largely the ones that have taken stringent measures to contain the pandemic. The tough lockdown and tight border controls imposed by Asia-Pacific countries such as New Zealand and Australia allowed their societies to re-open earlier and enabled residents to enjoy a lifestyle that looked similar to pre-pandemic life.”
“Apart from cities in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, other cities in the Asia-Pacific region such as Taipei (33rd) and Singapore (34th) have also performed well.”