Fear of terrorism influences liveability for the first time

Fear of terror attacks has been rising in Western Europe and North America

The threat of terrorism has emerged as a new factor influencing the liveability of a city, squeezing Sydney out of the top 10.

What makes a city “liveable” is being influenced by a new factor – the threat of terrorism.

The 2016 EIU Global Liveability Ranking – which ranks 140 cities worldwide – has a familiar bottom line: Melbourne, narrowly, over Vienna and Vancouver.

However, it also features falling liveability for 29 of those 140 cities over the past 12 months.

The reason is terrorism concerns, which helped cut rankings for Sydney (now out of the top 10) and 10 cities in Western Europe after the attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Cities in areas of actual conflict or tension, such as Damascus and Kiev, had the worst rankings.

Moving up the list were troubled locations on the improve, such as Tehran, and peaceful locations like Bratislava and Adelaide.

Fear of terror attacks has been rising in Western Europe and North America. They claimed more lives there in 2015 than in any year since 2001 – 228, according to a New York Times tally.

Annual terrorism fatalities in those two areas, however, remain collectively slightly lower than the average for 1970-2000.

Most terrorism deaths occur in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Nigeria, according to the Global Terrorism Database.

Read next: Graham Ashton: Terrorism, Bali and individual freedom


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