According to the 2008 World Centers of Commerce Index released by international credit giant, Mastercard, Milan is not just a better place to do business than Rome, it is also a better place to live. The index ranks 75 world capitals and financial centres according to economic factors, legal framework, infrastructure and livability, which it describes in terms of public services and city attractions. Rome scored 87.94 out of a possible 100 in the livability category while Milan scored 89.56. Overall Rome scored 45.99 to come in at 47th place out of 75 behind Lisbon, Tel Aviv and Dubai. Milan scored 54.73 overall to come in at 20th place ahead of Boston, Berlin and San Francisco.

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