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Zimbabwe's capital 'world's 4th worst to live in'

Friday, August 31, 2012    

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An independent research group says Zimbabwe's capital is the world's fourth-worst city to live in, based on daily hardships and political risk. Cities in war zones are excluded from the "livability" index.

The British-based Economist Intelligence Unit put Harare 137th out of 140 cities surveyed and gave it a 39.4 rating on a scale to 100 for ideal urban conditions. In its report available yesterday, Harare ranked marginally better than Lagos in Nigeria, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In cities with a score of 50 or less "most aspects of living are severely restricted," it said. The study aims to help businesses calculate hardship allowances for executives and employees.

The group said Harare rates poorly in health care, general infrastructure and prospects for political instability.

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