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Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, has been ranked second among the least liveable cities in the world.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2021 Global Liveability report, places Lagos behind Damascus, the capital of Syria, which is ranked the worst city to live in the world.

140 cities across the world were ranked by the EIU on the following criteria stability, infrastructure, education, and healthcare access.

Damascus’ rating came against the backdrop of the country’s ceaseless civil war, with poor ranking also reserved for conflict-inclined climes where health systems and infrastructure are put under pressure.

On the other spectrum, Auckland in New Zealand topped the list of the world’s most livable cities for this year followed by Osaka in Japan and Adelaide in Australia.

In the report, the EIU said: “Auckland rose to the top of the ranking owing to its successful approach in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which allowed its society to remain open and the city to score strongly.”

The study also showed that European cities fared particularly poorly in this year’s edition. Eight of the top ten biggest falls in the rankings are European cities.

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