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    Vancouver named best place to live

    Vancouver is the world's best place to live, a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has found.

    The EIU ranked 127 cities in terms of personal risk, infrastructure and the availability of goods and services.

    All the cities that fell into the top "liveability" bracket were based in Canada, Australia and Western Europe.

    The worst places were Algiers in Algeria, and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea because "many aspects of daily life present challenges", the EIU said.
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    Canadian cities scored well, as did Austria's Vienna and Switzerland's Geneva, because they are not seen as targets for terror attacks.

    The main uncertainty for people living in those cities was climate-related, the EIU said.

    "In the current global political climate, it is no surprise that the most desirable destinations are those with the lower perceived threat of terrorism," said Jon Copestake, editor of the EIU report.

    The survey has produced a mixed picture of the world's cities. London was ranked in the 10th group, on a par with Dublin and Los Angeles, but one place below Manchester, four behind Berlin, five lower than Tokyo, and six off Helsinki, Frankfurt and Stockholm.

    In Latin America, "no city manages to present ideal living conditions, neither do any fall into the category where extreme difficulties are faced", the EIU said.

    Montevideo in Uruguay, Santiago in Chile and Buenos Aires in Argentina offer the region's best conditions. Bogota in Colombia and Caracas in Venezuela score the least favourably.

    In Asia, cities in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Taiwan all score well, as do Australia's main hubs.

    Africa and the Middle East fare less well, with the EIU citing concerns about terror attacks, and economic and political instability.

    Some of the worst performing cities include Harare in Zimbabwe and Lagos in Nigeria.

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    Yeah nice place, seriously weirded out by the sheer number of Chinese though. I think Vancouver will feel like Hong Kong in the not too distant future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneEnglishNorman View Post
    Yeah nice place, seriously weirded out by the sheer number of Chinese though. I think Vancouver will feel like Hong Kong in the not too distant future.
    My father was in Vancouver couple of years ago, and he said its almost being in the middle of China town but of cos he never been to China or Hong-kong perhaps he saw too much movies.

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    Chinese are the largest ethnic group in Vancouver, though every other Asian community is well represented here also.

    They largely tend to enclaves, however sheer numbers make their visibility ubiquitous. Numerous schools here have over 80% non-European enrollments with large proportions ESL.

    Out of the metropolitan area, the numbers thin considerably. Some Chinese, Japanese and Sikh have a century or more history living in Vancouver or surrounding agricultural regions and played a role in the development of B.C.

    Overall, Vancouver compares favorably to Sydney or Zurich, but Vienna is much nicer. I would also recommend avoiding Toronto or Calgary, I'm not sure why these made the list.

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