Lisbon goes up four places in five years as 'Best city in the world to live in', according to The Economist's ranking

Thu 5 Sep 2019

Lisbon scored higher in the area of ​​culture and environment, as well as in education, but lower in the sector that assesses infrastructure.

Lisbon has risen again in the ranking of the best cities in the world to live.

The Portuguese capital went up a place on the ranking developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), where it is considered the 53rd best city to live. It is the only Portuguese city in this index that compiles a total of 140 cities worldwide. In five years, Lisbon went up four places in the ranking.

Stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure were the elements analysed to arrive at this evaluation. The Portuguese capital has very high scores in the area of culture and environment, as well as education, but slightly lower scores in the infrastructure sector, according to the EIU.

At the top of the ranking is Vienna, in Austria, which managed to maintain the crown of the world's best city to live in after dethroning Melbourne, Australia last year.

Apart from the Austrian capital, just one more European city, Copenhagen, Denmark, is in the top 10 of the ranking held annually. Australia, Canada and Japan stand out in the ranking, with several cities at the top.

The top ten cities to live in have remained the same since last year, although Sydney, Australia has managed to move from 5th to 3rd, thanks to the strengthening of policies to stem the effects of climate change.

Paris fell six places to 25th, mainly due to the effects of the movement of the yellow vests on the stability of the French capital.

Even so, it is still ahead of cities such as London (48th) in the United Kingdom and New York (58th) in the United States, which have high cultural scores but fall out of the top spots in the ranking due to the perceived risk of crime and terrorism.

This index has begun to take into account the effects of climate change on cities, with less stable cities being more exposed to the risk of incidents related to this phenomenon, further contributing to placing them at the bottom of the list. The last cities in the ranking are mostly in African and Middle Eastern countries.

Read the full article in Portuguese here.

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