The top-scoring cities ranked highly across five broad categories – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
But “violent acts of terrorism” have affected many countries and while not a new phenomenon, the “frequency and spread have increased noticeably and become even more prominent in the past year,” according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 Global Liveability Report.
“For Harare much of this improvement is a case of making up ground that has been lost in the past.
Harare remains in the bottom tier of liveability but as the situation there improves in line with the Zimbabwean economy it could see itself becoming more attractive.” Asked about the effects of Brexit, Mr Copeland told : “It's too soon to tell.
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Those at the top of the table share similarities – all tending to be mid-sized “in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density,” the report states.In many ways factors that weigh on London' liveability score reflect that it is a victim of its own success”.