The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released its 2023 Global Liveability report, ranking Lagos, Nigeria, as the fourth worst city to live in worldwide.
News About Nigeria reports that the comprehensive survey assessed 173 cities using 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
Despite some improvements in healthcare and education, Lagos still struggles with issues such as corruption, which contributed to its low ranking.
The city surpassed Algiers (Algeria), Tripoli (Libya), and Damascus (Syria) in the rankings, highlighting the significant challenges faced by residents.
In the previous year’s report, Lagos held the position as the second-worst liveable city for two consecutive years, trailing only behind Damascus, which has been plagued by social unrest, terrorism, and conflict.
“Even at the bottom of our rankings, cities such as Lagos (Nigeria) and Algiers (Algeria) have gained ground, with some improvements in their healthcare and education systems. Both are in countries that are energy exporters and have to some extent benefited from higher global oil and gas prices.
“Although corruption continues to be an issue, some additional public funding has been made available for infrastructure and public services, which have also benefited from the decline in COVID cases.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Vienna (Austria) and Copenhagen (Denmark) maintained their positions as the first and second most liveable cities globally.
These cities were recognized for their exceptional combination of stability, robust infrastructure, quality education and healthcare services, and vibrant cultural and entertainment offerings.
Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, along with Vancouver in Canada, secured the third, fourth, and fifth positions, respectively, demonstrating their high livability scores and overall quality of life.