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Let me just try to compare places from two well known cities with places in Blantyre. Hyde Park, London and Chimwankhunda dam. The eiffel tower vs clock tower. 

The Guardian, next time you want to mock our cities, please mock us softly.  We have things like Lake MALAWI, BEST FANTA IN THE WORLD AND PEACE.

How can you say “It’s official: the best city in the world to live is Blantyre, the cosmopolitan centre of Malawi in eastern Africa”.

Maybe you wanted to say “Blantyre is a best city in Blantyre” because in Malawi, it is not a top cities. You said, “The highest quality of life for housing, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment can be purchased at the cheapest price in a poll of the most popular business.”

CLOTHING? You give a reason that Blantyre is a best city because it is cheap.

‘Cheap’ sometimes will mean the demand is low. Meaning people don’t want to leave there in that city. Is it about quality no.

With Vienna, the Austrian capital at apex of index while London, Paris and New York fail to make top 35, the competition has to look at the study, that balances social and economic conditions, health, education, housing and the environment, and is used by big companies to assess where they should locate and how much they should pay staff.

Looking at that, the balance of things like a cheap house, should match other things like people’s income, the demand for goods at reasonable price and where is Blantyre? Looking at health and Education Blantyre will fail with flying colours.

VIENNA: Viennese-born Helena Hartlauer, 32, said she was not surprised at her city’s top position. The municipality’s social democratic government has a long tradition of investing in high-quality social housing, making Vienna almost uniquely affordable among major cities.

We cannot start talking about high quality however even words like affordable and cheap do not mean low price. With lack of jobs and proper houses, Blantyre cannot even get any chance to stand the competition. Your article about Blantyre is from 2001 , then the inflation wasn’t as high as it is now.

That’s then why you could survive on 28 pounds ,28,000. Where in Blantyre now can you find a good and decent house for 28,000 a month? You can’t even fill up quarter a trolley with your shopping.


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