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Buenos Aires ranked the best city in Latin America to live, according to “The Economist”

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For the fourth consecutive year, Buenos Aires led the ranking of the Economist magazine as the best city in Latin America to live. it was 61 ° between 140 cities around the world, above Santiago de Chile and San Juan de Puerto Rico. number 1 was Vienna, the Austrian capital, which dethroned the Australian Melbourne.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Global Liveability Index”, which has been in place for eight years, assigns a score in the dimensions: stability; culture and environment; education; health, and infrastructure. It measures them according to 100 different aspects, ranging from the level of economic life to criminality through the public transport network, access to educational and health services or political and economic stability.

Buenos Aires took a score of 82.4, above the average of Latin America, which is 68.2, of Central and Eastern Europe (72.1) and of Asia and Australasia (72.9). But it was below North America (90.7) and Western Europe (92.4).

“These rankings are important because they build external perception,” says the Secretary-general of International Relations of the Government of Buenos Aires, Fernando Straface. the dimension we’re best at is education. We stood out at 100, as well as cities like Boston, Paris and London, when the average of North America is 98.3 and that of western Europe, 93.8. We estimate that this year there are approximately 60,000 foreign students making an educational experience in Buenos Aires. This trend is growing because the city has a good and accessible educational offer. “

Another dimension in which Buenos Aires was imposed is cultural. “It’s the city with the most theatres in the world, after London and before new York. And the one with the most bookstores per capita, says Straface. And it reveals that one point highlighted by the Economist was the Porteño environment. “The study stresses that temperatures are moderate all year round.”

At the global level, after seven years, Vienna was able to move from the first post of the ranking to Melbourne, which was second.

The first ten positions compete with two other Australian cities (Sydney in the fifth and Adelaide in the tenth); Three Canadians (Calgary in the fourth, Vancouver in the sixth and Toronto in the eighth); Two Japanese (Osaka in the third and Tokyo in the seventh), and the Danish Copenhagen in the ninth.

The cities on the bottom of the list include Senegalese Dakar, Algeria Algiers, Cameroonian Douala, Libya Tripoli, Pakistani Karachi, Nigerian lakes and Damascus Syria. The report does not include cities that could be even worse like the Afghan capital Kabul or Somali Mogadishu.

The most valued in Vienna is the stability, the low crime rate and the potent cultural life. And what improved in the last year to displace Melbourne from leadership was the fall of the jihadi threat in Western Europe of 100 possible points, the Austrian capital reached 99.1 and Melbourne at 98.4. Big financial centres like London or New York are a very long way from the top 10.

The British capital is in the 48 and the American metropolis in 57. The report explains that they fall so low because of higher insecurity rates and because their public infrastructure is saturated.

The report places in the highest positions the medium-sized cities of rich countries, not the large metropolises. They also have in common a moderate population density. The Economist Intelligence Unit It explains that these cities, which are around the million inhabitants, have their public services less saturated and tend to have a lower crime rate while providing any service that may have a larger city but more congested and usually more Face in aspects such as access to housing.

Source: The Clarin

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