After two years, Vienna has overtaken Auckland as the world’s most livable metropolis, in accordance to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Vienna ranked first in 2018 and 2019, however was overtaken by Auckland, New Zealand, throughout the pandemic and slipped to twelfth place in 2021, in accordance to the Global Liveability Index 2022.
The EIU mentioned that Auckland’s place on the index dipped to the thirty fourth spot this 12 months due to increased Covid-19 an infection charges and strict border controls in 2021. Although lockdowns led to New Zealand in December, well-vaccinated cities in Europe and Canada had begun easing restrictions earlier.
However, it is unlikely that Auckland would’ve clinched the high place on this 12 months’s rating even with no pandemic, in accordance to the EIU.
“Other cities falling was why Auckland was top last time. Without Covid, it would likely be top 10, but not number one,” mentioned Simon Baptist, international chief economist at the analysis and advisory agency.
Five different European cities — Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt and Amsterdam — additionally made the high ten. Canada’s Calgary and Vancouver took the third and fifth spots respectively. Japan’s Osaka and Australia’s Melbourne shared tenth place — the solely two “Asian” cities that made it to the high 10.
The 172 cities that have been included in the score have been assessed on these classes: stability, well being care, tradition and surroundings, schooling and infrastructure.
Cities in New Zealand and Australia have been the biggest fallers in the EIU’s livability rating.
New Zealand’s capital Wellington dived by 46 locations, whereas Australia’s Adelaide and Perth misplaced their 2021 positions in the high 10. They are now in the thirtieth and thirty second place respectively.
Australian and New Zealand cities snagged six of the high 10 spots final 12 months, however have been “much, much lower down” on this 12 months’s checklist as their partial reopening coincided with the unfold of the extra contagious omicron variant, Baptist instructed CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Thursday.
But the EIU is optimistic that these cities would bounce back.
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Other cities in the area noticed their rankings slip as properly.
Singapore fell three spots to thirty seventh place this 12 months, whereas Hong Kong dropped to 62nd place from forty ninth final 12 months.
“This is a long term change, it’s not just about Covid. That is part of it. But Hong Kong’s loss of connectivity is likely to be permanent,” mentioned Baptist, citing the decline of cultural and political freedom in the metropolis.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine noticed Moscow’s livability rating fall by 15 locations, whereas St. Petersburg dipped by 13 spots, the EIU reported.
“Both cities record a fall in scores owing to increased instability, censorship, imposition of Western sanctions and corporates withdrawing their operations from the country,” the report mentioned.
The battle on Ukraine additionally affected the rankings of different Eastern European cities which have been going through political standoffs safety threats, meals and power insecurities, and rising inflation, EIU mentioned.
For instance, Poland’s Warsaw and Hungary’s Budapest noticed their stability scores slip on account of rising diplomatic tensions, the EIU added.
Ukraine’s capital Kyiv was additionally excluded from this 12 months’s report, and 33 new cities — 11 of them in China — have been added.
These are the world’s most livable cities and their scores, in accordance to The Global Liveability Index 2022:
1. Vienna, Austria (99.1)
2. Copenhagen, Denmark (98.0)
3. TIE — Zurich, Switzerland (96.3)
3. TIE — Calgary, Canada (96.3)
5. Vancouver, Canada (96.1)
6. Geneva, Switzerland (95.9)
7. Frankfurt, Germany (95.7)
7. Toronto, Canada (95.4)
9. Amsterdam, Netherlands (95.3)
10. TIE — Osaka, Japan (95.1)
10. TIE — Melbourne, Australia (95.1)