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February 23, 2010

Canada may not be topping the list for the most Olympic medals, but the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver, d’uh!) is again at the top of the Economic Intelligence Unit’s global survey of the most liveable cities. Woot woot!

Jon Copestake, the editor of the report, states: “Vancouver scores well across all categories in the survey and the forthcoming Winter Games contribute to a strong score in the cultural and sporting events category. Johannesburg has had well-documented crime problems, but performs better in other categories, with the highest overall liveability rating in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Here is a little blurb about the scoring from the EIU

“The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey assesses living conditions in 140 cities around the world. A rating of relative comfort for 30 indicators is assigned across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. The survey gives an overall rating of 0-100, where 1 is intolerable and 100 is ideal.”

Okay.. the moment we have all been waiting for… who won gold, silver and bronze??

1. Canada, Vancouver – 98.0

2. Austria, Vienna – 97.9

3. Australia, Melbourne – 97.5

4. Canada, Toronto – 97.2

5. Canada, Calgary – 96.6

6. Finland, Helsinki – 96.2

7. Australia, Sydney – 96.1

8. Australia, Perth – 95.9

8. Australia, Adelaide – 95.9

10. New Zealand, Auckland – 95.7

Go Canada! Rocking 3 of the top 5. Woot Woot!

YIKES! The bottom 10!

130. Senegal, Dakar – 48.3
132. Sri Lanka, Colombo – 47.3
133. Nepal, Kathmandu – 47.1
134. Cameroon, Douala – 43.3
135. Pakistan, Karachi – 40.9
136. Nigeria, Lagos – 39.0
137. PNG, Port Moresby – 38.9
138. Algeria, Algiers – 38.7
138. Bangladesh, Dhaka – 38.7
140. Zimbabwe, Harare – 37.5

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