One of the cities of Pakistan has been listed among the most livable cities of the world.
The index released by Economist Intelligence Unit lists the cities which are most livable and as per its 2023 rankings, Pakistan’s southern metropolis, Karachi has been listed in the index at rank 169 out of 173 countries.
Karachi gained 51.8 points in terms of infrastructure while for education it scored 75 points. For culture and environment, it scored 38.7 points while it scored 50 points for healthcare.
As far as the topper is concerned, Vienna bagged the distinction while Syria’s Damascus bagged the last spot.
Credibility of the index
It bears mentioning that EIU is a sister organization to The Economist. The criteria on which the ranking has been issued include health care, education, stability, infrastructure, and environment etc.
‘Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable.
For qualitative indicators, a rating for a city is awarded based on the judgement of in-house analysts and in-city contributors. For quantitative indicators, a rating is calculated based on the relative performance of a number of external data points,’ EIU explains.
Vienna stood out due to its reliable infrastructure, standout culture and entertainment, and impeccable education and health services; Vienna is followed by Denmark’s Copenhagen.
When it comes to Asia, the progress is notable as EIU says Asia-Pacific cities have made some of the biggest gains, accounting for eight of top ten movers up the rankings as economies recover from the pandemic.
Interestingly, UK’s Edinburgh moved 23 points down the rankings list followed by Stockholm which was pushed down by 22 points.