Dhaka advances two more notches in safe cities index
Published: 10:54 AM, 19 September 2021 Updated: 12:27 PM, 19 September 2021
Dhaka; File Photo
Dhaka has advanced two more notches in the safe cities index, formed by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The capital of Bangladesh has ranked 54th out of 60 cities in the world this year.
Meanwhile, Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, is below among the South Asian countries on the list. Besides, India’s New Delhi has ranked 48th and Mumbai 50th. Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, is at the bottom of the list.
The Economist Intelligence Unit has recently released its Safe City Index 2021. This index of safe cities is published every two years. In the list, Dhaka has ranked 54 with 48.90 points out of 60 cities.
The safe cities’ index is formed by considering the digital security, health security, infrastructure, personal safety of a city. Environmental security has been added for the first time this year.
This year, Dhaka got 39 points in the digital security index, 50.90 points in health security, 49.60 points in infrastructure, 46.60 points in personal safety and 58.20 points in environmental security.
Earlier in 2017, Dhaka was ranked third from the bottom in the list of safe cities, i.e. 58th. Its position in the 2019 index stood at 56th. As such, the Dhaka metropolis has advanced two steps in a row each time.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has topped the list for the first time in 2021 with 72.40 points.
The other top cities on the list are - Toronto, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Wellington, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Stockholm.
Besides, New York has ranked 11th, London 15th, Paris 23rd, Seoul 24th, Shanghai 30th, Abu Dhabi 31st, Dubai 35th, Istanbul 37th and Riyadh 49th.
Among the other cities at the bottom of the safe cities index are Casablanca 55th, Lagos 56th, Cairo 57th, Caracas 58th and Karachi 59th.