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Global Liveability Index

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Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.


Global Liveability Index


What to study?

For Prelims: Features of the Global Liveability Index, rankings of various countries, Indian Cities in the list.

For Mains: Significance of the index and what makes cities more liveable?


ContextThe Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released the Global Liveability Index 2019.

The index ranks 140 global cities based on their living conditions.

Significance: The liveability index quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide, and assesses which locations provide the best living conditions.

The list is topped by Vienna (Austria) for the second consecutive year.


The survey rates cities worldwide based on 30 qualitative and quantitative criteria, which fall into five general categories:

  1. Stability
  2. Health care.
  3. Culture and environment.
  4. Education 
  5. Infrastructure


Performance of Indian cities:

  • New Delhi has dropped by six places to rank 118th on the list.
  • Mumbai also fell two places since last year to rank 119th.


Reasons for decline in liveability in Indian cities:

  1. Abuses against journalists.
  2. Rise in Crime rates.
  3. Climatic changes.
  4. Constrained liveability conditions.


Sources: the Hindu.