A rainbow appears on the skyline of New Zealand with Sky Tower in Auckland, August 8, 2017. Jason Reed File Photo REUTERS - Shout!
COVID-19 has boosted the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual ranking of most liveable cities, propelling Vienna to first place. Auckland, which crashed out of the TOP 10 as island countries of New Zealand, Australia and Japan performed best.
The US capital had launched the list since 2018 and has led for years around Melbourne as the top of the survey of 140 cities. The elimination of COVID 19 within its borders through lockdown measures was given to its cities by its geographical isolation, however. The tough lockdown of New Zealand allowed their society to reopen and enabled citizens of cities like Auckland and Wellington to enjoy a lifestyle that looked similar to pre-pandemic life, said the EIU in a statement.
The EIU generally does not make the full ranking public. The last time Auckland was placed in the top 10 was 2017, when it came eighth, a position Melbourne shared with Geneva this year. Prague fell to 12th place and 19th place in Vienna.
It also illustrating Wellington's advantage this year, New Zealand has entered the top 10. It came fourth behind Adelaide, who rose two places to second place and Sydney and Melbourne, which leapfrogged its compatriots Osaka to third position from 10th.
The last ranking is available from 2019 as it was cancelled last year.
The COVID - 19 epidemic has taken a global toll on global liveability, said the EIU
Cities around the world are now much less unstressed than they were before the pandemic began, and we see that regions like Europe have been hit particularly hard.
The European Union struggled to get its vaccination campaign off the ground and many member states including Austria imposed more lockdowns than they had hoped to, damaging their cities' scores in the measure of 'culture and environment '. The four other categories assessed are stability, healthcare, education and infrastructure.