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Tehran rated most improved city for livability in world.

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Melbourne has been rated the world's most livable city for the sixth year running by the Economist's global livability survey. Tehran is far, far down the list--but this year it tops the list of cities showing improvements in livability. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) says its survey shows Tehran has achieved the biggest improvements in livability over the past five years of any major city in the world.

Tehran's overall livability score was at 50.8 out of a possible 100, registering an improvement of 5 percent since 2011. However, Tehran ranks 126th out of 140 cities surveyed, not so good. But the EIU said that there were only six cities that had improved scores over the past year. And Tehran was ranked a miserable 132nd five years ago.

The improving rating is a feather in the cap of Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, who had tried to make the city much more livable during his 11 years as mayor.

The EIU assessed which cities had the best or worst living conditions by looking at over 30 factors such as stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The world's most livable city was Melbourne, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide and Calgary. Six of the 10 top scoring cities were in Australia and Canada.

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Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle celebrated the ranking, saying, "To retain the title of world's most livable city for six consecutive years is a fantastic accolade."

According to the livable cities report, "Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density" that can "foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure."

The least-livable cities of the 140 surveyed were characterized by conflict and civil unrest. At the bottom of the list was Damascus, which has fallen 26.1 percentage points in the past five years due to civil war.

Damascus was followed by: Tripoli, Libya; Lagos, Nigeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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Title Annotation:Tehran, Iran
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
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Date:Aug 26, 2016
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