Pandemic propels Auckland to top of EIU’s most liveable cities ranking

Covid-19 has shaken up the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual ranking of most liveable cities, propelling Auckland to first place, changing Vienna, which crashed out of the top 10 because the island nations of New Zealand, Australia and Japan fared greatest.

The Austrian capital had led the checklist since 2018 and for years ran neck and neck with Melbourne on the top of the survey of 140 city centres. New Zealand’s elimination of Covid-19 inside its borders by lockdown measures helped by its geographic isolation, nonetheless, gave its cities a giant enhance.

“New Zealand’s robust lockdown allowed their society to reopen and enabled residents of cities like Auckland and Wellington to get pleasure from a life-style that seemed comparable to pre-pandemic life,” the EIU stated in an announcement.

The EIU typically doesn’t make the complete ranking public. The final time Auckland was within the top 10 was in 2017, when it got here eighth, a place Melbourne shared with Geneva this yr. Vienna fell to twelfth.

Illustrating New Zealand’s benefit this yr, Wellington additionally entered the top 10. It got here fourth behind Osaka, which rose two spots to second place, and Adelaide, which leapfrogged its compatriots Sydney and Melbourne to third place from tenth.The newest ranking is from 2019 as final yr’s was cancelled.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on international liveability,” the EIU stated. “Cities internationally are actually a lot much less liveable than they have been earlier than the pandemic started, and we’ve seen that areas equivalent to Europe have been hit notably arduous.”

The European Union struggled to get its vaccination marketing campaign off the bottom and lots of member states together with Austria imposed extra lockdowns than that they had hoped to, hurting their cities’ scores within the measure of ‘tradition and atmosphere’. The 4 different classes assessed are stability, healthcare, training and infrastructure.

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