Economist’s Liveability Index – Belgrade at the bottom of the list

The Economist magazine recently published a list of cities with the best living conditions, according to which Belgrade is at the bottom of Europe with 69 points, together with Sofia, Baku and Bucharest.

The Economist Intelligence Unit Liveability Ranking and Overview quantify the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 173 cities worldwide. Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Professor Ivan Simic, from Belgrade’s Faculty of Architecture, comments on Belgrade’s ranking and says that the reasons why Belgrade was ranked so low are the poor quality of air/climate, the quality of transport grid, public transport and water supply. Also, the population’s mortality rate is one of the considered factors.

As one of the solutions to the capital’s poor environmental assessment, Professor Simic sees the introduction of the so-called environmental index, like in Berlin, Malmo and London, which is a mandatory parameter that, in combination with the construction index, can efficiently protect and develop Belgrade’s green infrastructure. He adds that it is quite worrying that, from 2010 to date, Belgrade has lost 25% of its green surfaces.

The best-ranked cities, according to the Economist’s liveability index, are Vienna, with 99.1 points, Copenhagen with 98 points and Zurich with 96.3 points.  

(Nova Ekonomija, 02.11.2022)

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