Tehran remains among the hardest cities in the world for expatriates to live despite a slight improvement in the living standards in Iran, according to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published Thursday, IRNA reported from London.
EIU's `Hardship Rating` listed the Iranian capital as 113th out of 130 cities, six places higher than its previous ratings. Tehran`s score of 54 percent showed a two per cent improvement.
The survey, part of a Worldwide Cost of Living analyses for international companies, assesses conditions for expatiates by looking at 12 factors based upon culture and the environment, health and safety and infrastructure.
Tehran`s overall rating was similar to such cities as Hanoi in Vietnam and Zimbabwe`s capital Harare. It was ahead of places like New Delhi, Dakar, Algiers and Karachi, but below Jeddah, Baku, Riyadh, Kuwait City, Istanbul and Dubai.
Top of the list dominated by western cities was Melbourne, which was rated as the easiest city for expatriates with a score of 1 per cent, followed by Vancouver, Vienna, Perth and Geneva.
London was ranked as 45th with a score of 13 per cent, below Copenhagen, Brussels and Paris, but above Los Angeles, New York and Washington.
The London-based consultancy said that it considered any rating above 20 percent to represent some form of hardship and any score over 65 percent as entailing extreme hardship.
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