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Protests and social unrest have caused Hong Kong to fall 15 places to number 46 in the annual liveability ranking published by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Having scored 92 points last year, Hong Kong fell to 88.3 points this year. A big drop was in the score for social stability, where it dropped 10 points from 95 last year to 85 this year.

EIU’s Hong Kong based analyst Erik Tollefson explained to Oriental Daily that Hong Kong’s liveability has been hit by the disruptive protests that took place last year.

“Hong Kong is only 0.1 point ahead of rival city Singapore which is ranked 49,” he pointed out.

In contrast,  seven Chinese cities have improved their ranking over the last 12 months “largely because of a lower threat from civil unrest,” the report stated.

China’s top-ranked city, Beijing, moved up five places to 69 in the global ranking.

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Melbourne took the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015.

According to the EIU, these cities have “relatively few challenges to living standards,” and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate.

The EIU ranking, which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide, shows that since 2010 average liveability across the world has fallen by 1%, led by a 2.2% fall in the score for stability and safety.

While this may seem marginal, the report stated that 57 of the cities surveyed have seen declines in liveability over the last five years.

Top five most livable:

1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
4. Toronto
5. Adelaide, Australia
5. Calgary, Alberta

Least five livable:

136. Tripoli, Libya
137. Lagos, Nigeria
138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
139. Dhaka, Bangladesh
140. Damascus, Syria

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