Reykjavík is currently number 54 of the 140 cities surveyed by The Economist as part of the Global Liveability Report published this week. Iceland’s capital places ninth in a ranking of the biggest declines in liveability over five years.
Summer in Reykjavík. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
Syrian capital Damascus is in freefall, currently ranked as the least liveable city in the world. Dakha, the capital of Bangladesh, is second-last, followed by Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Melbourne in Australia, however, tops the list, followed by the Austrian capital Vienna. Vancouver in Canada, which ranked as the world’s most liveable city until 2011 lies in third place, eiu.com reports.
The report assesses which locations around the world provide the best and worst living conditions and is increasingly used by city councils, organizations and corporate entities looking to test their locations against others.
Factors such as stability, crime rates, risk of terrorism and warfare, the access to and quality of public healthcare are taken into account, along with food and drink, the climate, corruption, the education system and social infrastructure, as stated on eyjan.is.
The survey originated as a means of testing whether Human Resource Departments needed to assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.