Lagos emerges third worst city in the world to live

This Is World's most Liveable City According To Global Survey

However, fellow Asian cities Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka didn't fare as well, with all four listed among the nine cities whose livability ranking has declined in the past year.

Civil war and terrorism played a "strong role" in determining the worst performing cities.

Out of an overall score of 100, Lagos was rated 38.5 points.

In its own turn, Singapore's score also registered an improvement in the public healthcare category, boasting the highest possible score, the release said. It got full marks for healthcare, education and infrastructure.

According to the survey, the Middle East, Africa and Asia account for the ten lowest-scoring cities. It's the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the EIU annual survey.

Calgary has come in fourth place in an annual ranking of most livable cities. Japan's Osaka took third place.

Basically, the best places on the liveability scale are Canada - they provided 3 of the top 10 - and America.

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In 9th place, Denmark's capital Copenhagen was the only other European city to rank in the top-10, while two other Australian cities feature in top-ranked places: Sydney (5th) and Adelaide (10th).

The report also noted that unavailability of adequate infrastructure and conflicts, among others were responsible for numerous lowest scores, adding that stability indicators have the highest single scores.

This year, Vienna became the first European city to take the plaudits, shoving last year's victor Melbourne down into second place.

Vienna, Austria has toppled Melbourne, Australia as the world's most liveable city.

For instance, NY (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) are all prestigious hubs with plenty of great recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable.

She added that security had also improved in "several western European cities". Almost half the cities in the survey saw their ratings improve over the a year ago.

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