AS I WROTE in my previous couple of postings on the Abode of Peace as one of the best places to live in Asia and on a global scale, rightly enough the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) this month ranked Bandar Seri Begawan as the 100th Most Livable City in the world.
According to EIU the top ten cities were: 1. Vancouver 2. Vienna 3. Melbourne 4. Toronto 5. Calgary 6. Helsinki 7. Sydney 8. Perth 9. Adelaide 10. Auckland.
Whereas the bottom ten cities were: 1. Harare 2. Dhaka 3. Algiers 4. Port Moresby 5. Lagos 6. Karachi 7. Douala 8. Kathmandu 9. Colombo 10. Dakar. (Don’t tell me Port-Au-Prince, the devastated capital city of Haiti is in a much higher ranking?!)
Now, contrasting standards were accorded by another world-renowned publication, International Living Magazine, which put Brunei Darussalam at 84th in its Quality of Life Index rankings last January.
Funnily enough, Paris wasn’t even in EIU’s top 10 cities BUT France topped second-placed Australia (the latter has four cities in the top 10, mind you) in the International Living Magazine rankings. The magazine placed Canada in 9th position but Canadian cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary were 1st, 4th and 5th places respectively in EIU’s list. So what gives? 😀
The difference in comparison between the two ‘western standards of quality living’ only means that both are objective at worst and confusing at best! 😛
What’s interesting about the EIU rankings, though, was the fact that Perth (considerably as laid-back as Bandar Seri Begawan sharing the same time-zone and humidity) is in 8th position! So wouldn’t it be a good idea to benchmark our capital city with that ‘outback’ western Australian city of Down Under? I believe relevant Brunei Government agencies have a long, long way to go to catch up in terms of global promotions. 😉