Henry Kirby in London -
Kyiv is one of the worst cities in the world to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Liveability Ranking.
The Ukrainian capital recorded the second-biggest fall in its liveability score over the last five years out of all 140 countries measured in the study, with a 25.8-point fall in its score since 2010. Its overall rank of 132nd placed it eighth-from-bottom overall.
Despite the ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists taking place on the opposite side of the country in eastern Ukraine, the disruption of last years’s sometimes violent Euromaidan street protests that ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych and worsening economic hardship pushed Ukraine’s liveability score down.
Russia’s recent economic hardship as a result of low oil prices and Western-led sanctions were enough to see Moscow and St Petersburg enter the top 10 of cities with the biggest score decreases.
Ranking 77th out of 140 in the overall city ranking, St Petersburg’s score was down by 4.4 points since 2010. 74th-ranked Moscow fell 5.6 points in the same period.
While the survey spelt bad news for Ukraine and Russia, the results showed that Warsaw, Poland’s capital, was the fifth-highest climber over five years, with a score increase of 2.5 points. The period saw Poland’s GDP grow faster than any other EU nation, no doubt contributing to the increase in its liveability score.
Other notable improvers were Bratislava in Slovakia, and Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, the eighth- and ninth-highest climbers over the last five years.
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