Monday, April 27, 2009

Is Suva in the 'most livable city' list?



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ZURICH Switzerland 108.1 108.2
2 2 GENEVA Switzerland 108.0 108.1
3 3 VANCOUVER Canada 107.7 107.7
3 4 VIENNA Austria 107.7 107.5
5 5 AUCKLAND New Zealand 107.3 107.3
5 6 DUSSELDORF Germany 107.3 107.2
7 7 FRANKFURT Germany 107.1 107.0
8 8 MUNICH Germany 106.9 106.8
9 9 BERN Switzerland 106.5 106.5
9 9 SYDNEY Australia 106.5 106.5
11 11 COPENHAGEN Denmark 106.2 106.2
12 12 WELLINGTON New Zealand 105.8 105.8
13 13 AMSTERDAM The Netherlands 105.7 105.7
14 14 BRUSSELS Belgium 105.6 105.6
15 15 TORONTO Canada 105.4 105.4
16 16 BERLIN Germany 105.2 105.1
17 17 MELBOURNE Australia 105.0 105.0
18 18 LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg 104.8 104.8
18 18 OTTAWA Canada 104.8 104.8
20 20 STOCKHOLM Sweden 104.7 104.7
21 21 PERTH Australia 104.5 104.5
22 22 MONTREAL Canada 104.3 104.3
23 23 NURNBERG Germany 104.2 104.1
24 25 CALGARY Canada 103.6 103.6
24 26 HAMBURG Germany 103.6 103.4
26 31 OSLO Norway 103.5 102.8
27 24 DUBLIN Ireland 103.3 103.8
27 27 HONOLULU, HI United States 103.3 103.3
29 28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA United States 103.2 103.2
30 29 ADELAIDE Australia 103.1 103.1
30 29 HELSINKI Finland 103.1 103.1
32 31 BRISBANE Australia 102.8 102.8
33 33 PARIS France 102.7 102.7
34 34 SINGAPORE Singapore 102.5 102.5
35 35 TOKYO Japan 102.3 102.3
The report is out and the 'most livable cities' of the world are mostly focussed in Europe. Hey, what about lovely tropical cities, abundant with beauty and a mix of people? I can't believe they put Swiss kind of cities like Geneva up there. A relative who works there told me that people in flats are so sensitive about noise that you are not allowed to press the toilet button at night in case the neighbours can hear the flush! Is that the way to live? I wonder what the criteria was for choosing the list - it's surely not my kind of list. I would put Melbourne above Sydney any time, and of course Geelong is better than Melbourne with our access to brilliant beaches, forests, etc. Auckland... well I like it because you bump into Fiji people all the time, but someone else said, I don't like it... there are too many Pacific Islanders there. See, different point of view, different criteria.

Back to Fiji... which towns are most livable in Fiji? Lautoka, Labasa, Ba, Rakiraki, Sigatoka, Nausori, Levuka. Ah, of course Levuka... except there is no great shakes of a beach there. Most of these towns are not that attractive in the centre but to live on the periphery of these towns is quite okay. I would value - a good market, excellent schools, okay weather, beauty, friendliness, nothing to do with money-making and posh houses. And as for Suva, well, the Economist, apparently reckons it's the best city in the South Pacific. Though... not these days I reckon as there's not a lot of laughter going on at present when you wonder who is watchin' you, listenin' in to your conversation and takin' notes!

4 comments:

Mark said...

Interesting that Honolulu is the most livable city in the US.

I would rate Nadi Fiji's most livable location, even though the quality of life there has declined in the last 5 to 10yrs IMHO (it just seems a tad dirtier and more crowded now)

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hello Mark,
Western side has better weather for sure. Lautoka was a great place to live in the 60s!
Traffic and roads are bad in every Fiji town these days. And having bars on your windows is the pits.
I think it depends a lot of who you are, how old you are. Ask an elderly person which place is best, the answer might be different to that of a young person. I loved living in Rakiraki one time - we had an excellent lifestyle there, young children, lots of friends in every ethnic community. Labasa - well, ask Peceli that one!!!
w.

Children of Fiji said...

Peceli & Wendy,

Just had to laugh amidst the tears!!!

Excellent peice!!

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