The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has recently released its annual report on the Global Liveability Index 2023, revealing that Karachi, Pakistan’s economic hub, has been ranked as the fifth least liveable city in the world. The report, titled “Optimism Amid Instability,” provides a comprehensive assessment of cities worldwide based on various factors that contribute to their livability.
Karachi – The Least Liveable City
According to the Global Liveability Index 2023, Karachi continues to face significant challenges in terms of livability. Factors such as inadequate infrastructure, traffic congestion, air pollution, and rising crime rates have contributed to the city’s low ranking. The lack of basic amenities, including access to clean water, reliable electricity, and proper healthcare, further hampers the quality of life for its residents.
Talking about the cities in the report, Syria’s capital, Damascus, is the least liveable city in the world, followed by Tripoli (Libya) in the second spot. While Algiers, Algeria, is third. Lagos, Nigeria, is the fourth-least liveable city. While Karachi is the fifth least liveable city on the Global Liveability Index.
Contrasting Liveability Rankings
While Karachi was placed on the low liveability chart, other cities across the globe have fared far better. The report highlights Vienna, the capital of Austria, as the most liveable city in the world, offering a high standard of living, excellent infrastructure, and extensive social services. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, takes the second spot, emphasizing its efficient public transportation system and emphasis on sustainable urban planning.
Melbourne and Sydney, both cities in Australia, secure the third and fourth positions, showcasing their well-developed cultural scenes, robust healthcare systems, and overall safety. Vancouver, Canada, rounds out the top five, lauded for its exceptional quality of life, natural beauty, and progressive policies.