The 10 Worst Cities of the World in 2011

  • Tehran, Iran
    A general view of residential buildings in north western Tehran.
  • 9. Colombo, Sri Lanka (47.3%)
    A statue of Buddha in Colombo.
  • 6. Katmandu, Nepal (Tie)
    With an index score of 58, Katmandu is featured on this year's list. The city was not listed in EIU's WCOL report last year. Shown is the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, northeast of Katmandu.
  • 7. Douala, Cameroon (43.3%)
    A file photo shows Cameroonian riot police on a street during violent protests in the port city of Douala.
  • 1. Karachi, Pakistan
    With a score of 46, Karachi is world's cheapest city. Karachi was featured in EIU's WCOL survey last year as well. In picture: A colonial-era building undergoing restoration in Karachi on Dec. 27, 2010.
  • 5. Lagos, Nigeria (39%)
    People and traffic move along a busy street in Lagos. As struggle for peace, democracy, development, human rights and good governance continues in most of the African countries, Lagos in Nigeria is the fifth worst city in the world.
  • 4. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (38.9%)
    A cemetery with graves of HIV-AIDS victims on the outskirts of Port Moresby.
  • 3. Algiers, Algeria (38.7%)
    Ketani beach at Bab el oued in Algiers. Despite increased wealth and improved security, Algiers has failed to create liveable conditions on the parameters of stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure and culture and environment.
  • 2. Dhaka , Bangladesh (38.7%)
    An overcrowded train at Dhaka's Airport rail station.
  • 1. Harare, Zimbabwe (37.5%)
    Children walk past a makeshift house at a slum in Hatcliffe, Harare. Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, is the lowest-scoring city and ranked the worst city of the world. Despite hopes of elections in 2011, stability and healthcare scores of just 25% and 20.8% respectively highlight a bleak situation in the city.
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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) lists the world's 10 worst cities, where most aspects of living are severely restricted, in the Global Liveability Ranking report 2011. View the slideshow to take a look at the world's 10 worst cities.

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