Pandemic shakes up rankings of world’s most liveable cities

The pandemic shook up the rankings of the world’s most liveable cities, a study showed, with metropolises in Australia, Japan and New Zealand leaping ahead of those in Europe.

Auckland tops The Economist’s annual survey of the world’s most liveable cities in 2021 followed by Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, Adelaide in Australia and Wellington in New Zealand, all of which had a swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Economist Intelligence Unit said, “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.”

In contrast, “European cities fared particularly poorly in this year’s edition. Vienna, previously the world’s most liveable city between 2018 to 2020, fell to 12th. Eight of the top ten biggest falls in the rankings are European cities.”

Hamburg in northern Germany fell 34 places to 47th.


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