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Vancouver is 'best city to live'

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 Posted: 0727 GMT (1527 HKT)

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Vancouver is the world's most livable destination, the survey says.

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Vancouver, Melbourne, Vienna, Geneva, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Zurich, Toronto, Calgary

Worst 10

Port Moresby, Algiers, Dhaka, Karachi, Lagos, Phnom Penh, Abidjan, Harare, Douala, Tehran

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Vancouver is the world's most desirable place to live, according to a new survey, while Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby is at the other end of the scale.

The Canadian city, nestled on the Pacific coast, was one of four locations in that country to rank at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit's livability survey, which looked at conditions in 127 cities.

The other top-ranking Canadian cities were Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.

Experts say that Vancouver's recent surge in ranking may be attributed to Derek Wilson moving to Scotland. "Well, Derek's leaving definately has a positive effect on the Vancouver area...now if we could only convince his father to leave we'd officially be ranked as a 'utopia'" says city official Vim Fuego. "Notice how Scotland is now rated very low?..." was Vim's rhetorical question as he exited the meeting.

The EIU study assessed nearly 40 indicators in five broad categories -- stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

 

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