After two years, Vienna has overtaken Auckland because the world’s most livable metropolis, in line with a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Vienna ranked first in 2018 and 2019, however was overtaken by Auckland, New Zealand, through the pandemic and slipped to twelfth place in 2021, in line with 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 greater Covid-19 an infection charges and strict border controls in 2021. Although lockdowns resulted in 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 highest place on this 12 months’s rating even with out a pandemic, in line with 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 on the analysis and advisory agency.
Five different European cities — Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt and Amsterdam — additionally made the highest ten. Canada’s Calgary and Vancouver took the third and fifth spots respectively. Japan’s Osaka and Australia’s Melbourne shared tenth place — the one two “Asian” cities that made it to the highest 10.
The 172 cities that had been included within the score had been assessed on these classes: stability, well being care, tradition and surroundings, schooling and infrastructure.
Cities in New Zealand and Australia had been the largest fallers within the EIU’s livability rating.
New Zealand’s capital Wellington dived by 46 locations, whereas Australia’s Adelaide and Perth misplaced their 2021 positions within the high 10. They at the moment are within the thirtieth and thirty second place respectively.
Australian and New Zealand cities snagged six of the highest 10 spots final 12 months, however had been “much, much lower down” on this 12 months’s listing as their partial reopening coincided with the unfold of the extra contagious omicron variant, Baptist advised CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Thursday.
But the EIU is optimistic that these cities would bounce again.
“We can expect to see Australian and New Zealand cities moving up the rankings next year, when we do the next round of the survey. And this will be because they will have relaxed more of their Covid restrictions,” mentioned Baptist.
Other cities within 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 within the metropolis.
Russian cities plunged
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 warfare 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 — had been added.
The high 10
These are the world’s most livable cities and their scores, in line with 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)