Global Liveability Index 2023

Why in News?

The Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2023 report on global liveability index, placing Austria’s capital Vienna as the top ranked city to live in 2023.

What are the Major Highlights of the Index?

  • About:
    • It rates living conditions in 173 cities across five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
  • List of Top Ten Cities to Live in 2023:

  • Observations Related to Developing Countries' Progress: Many developing nations have shown incremental improvements in their livability rankings.
    • Asia-Pacific cities have demonstrated significant progress, while Western European cities have slipped in the 2023 rankings.
    • The report highlights the growing emphasis on healthcare and education in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern countries, signalling a positive trend.
      • However, it also notes a decline in stability scores attributed to civil unrest in certain parts of the world.
  • Indian Cities:
    • New Delhi and Mumbai are at 141st position and Chennai at 144th. Ahmedabad and Bengaluru are ranked 147 and 148, respectively.
  • Challenges Faced by Specific Cities:
    • Kyiv, Ukraine: Despite ongoing efforts, Kyiv ranks at a lowly 165th out of 173 cities, reflecting the challenges faced by the war-ravaged capital.
    • Damascus, Syria, and Tripoli, Libya: These cities continue to occupy the bottom positions on the livability index, similar to the 2022.
  • Bottom 10 Positions:

Source: HT