The Economists released their annual survey of the world’s most liveable cities in 2021 with Auckland coming on top, Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, Adelaide in Australia and Wellington in New Zealand following in suit. All of these cities are famous for having a quick response to the coronavirus pandemic and dealing properly with it.
“Auckland rose to the top of the ranking owing to its successful approach in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which allowed its society to remain open and the city to score strongly,” said the Economist Intelligence Unit.
In the contrary, “European cities fared particularly poorly in this year’s edition.”
According to the study, Vienna, which used to be the world’s most liveable city between 2018-2020, landed on the 12th place. It is stated that European cities hold eight of the top ten biggest falls in the rankings.
The port city of Hamburg in northern Germany had the biggest fall among European cities, falling 34 places to 47th.
For years the Australian capital competed neck and neck with Melbourne at the top of the survey of 140 urban centres, as well as had led the list since 2018. What gave the New Zealand city the big boost is the country’s removal of COVID-19 within its borders, through lockdown measured aided by its geographic isolation.
In addition to New Zealand’s advantage this year, Wellington also made it to the top 10. It came in the fourth place behind Osaka, which climbed two spots to second place, and Adelaide, which skipped its compatriots Sydney and Melbourne to third place from 10th.
Since last year’s ranking was cancelled, the latest is from 2019.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on global liveability,” stated the EIU.
The EU had trouble getting its vaccination campaign off the ground as well as many member states, in which Austria is included, urged more lockdowns than they had anticipated, taking a toll on their cities’ scores in the evaluation of culture and environment. Stability, healthcare, education and infrastructure are the four other categories assessed.
Honolulu, Hawaii, in the United States had the most notable rise recorded, coming in 14th in the ranking and moving up 46 places due to its containment of the pandemic and rapid vaccination programme.
Remaining the city in which life is the most difficult is Syria, due to its ongoing civil war.