The threat of terrorism had an impact across European cities, but Prague stood tall.
By BOHEMIST STAFF
PRAGUE – Despite the growing threat of terrorism in Europe that as gripped most of the continent in recent months, Prague is still as livable a city as ever, coming at number 59, according to a new report released yesterday.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Livability Ranking, which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide, keeps Prague in the same spot as last year, while assigning it the favorable livability rating of 84.7, which according to their standards suggests “there are few, if any, challenges to living standards.”
An official at the EIU told Bohemist that Prague’s infrastructure score has improved over the last five years, contributing to its very slight uptick from five years ago when it ranked 60th.
“Prague’s score has increased slightly over the last five years to reflect improvements in infrastructure – but these changes have been marginal. The city has been ranked no higher than 58th and no lower than 61st since the ranking was devised over a decade ago,” Jon Copestake, editor of Liveability Report and chief retail and consumer goods analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, said in an e-mail.
The stagnant ranking for Prague comes as terrorist attacks in Europe have undermined livability on the continent over the last 12 months.
“Europe has become a focal point for concerns over terrorism and the attacks in France and Belgium have had a contagion effect, raising fears across the region. However, there are other factors that could prove to be destabilizing. Unrest has grown in some countries particularly over the migration crisis, while the British vote to leave the EU could pave the way for further uncertainty and political conflict,” Mr. Copestake said in a statement that accompanied the release of the report.
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Prague’s modest ranking among European cities puts in the lower tier of countries, just ahead of Bratislava at number 63, and just behind the economically starved city of Lisbon in Portugal, which came in at number 56.
In Central and Eastern Europe, Warsaw registered a slight decline of 0.4% in overall livability thanks to recent anti-government protests, the release states. Conversely Kiev saw a slight score improvement following a period of precarious stability. However, with Ukraine still locked in civil war the city still ranks among the ten least livable cities in the world, currently ranked 132nd.
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