According to The Global Liveability Index 2021 by The Economist magazine, this year, Auckland in New Zealand has topped the list of Most Liveable Cities of the world.
Auckland has risen to the top of the index owing to its successful approach in containing the covid-19 pandemic, according to The Global Liveability Index 2021.
“Its society largely remained open, and the city scored strongly on a number of metrics including education, culture and environment,” said the authors of the report.
Auckland has dethroned the Austrian capital Vienna which was leading the list since 2018 and slipped to 12th position this year. Another city from the Australian neighbour, Wellington, has also entered the top 10. It came 4th, behind Japan’s Osaka, which rose two spots to second place.
Jumping the long queue and leaving its compatriots Sydney and Melbourne behind, Adelaide has risen to third place. It was in 10th place last year.
“New Zealand’s tough lockdown 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,” the EIU said in a statement.
The last time Auckland’s palce in the top 10 was in 2017, when it was placed 8th.
Melbourne, that has been running neck and neck with Vienna, has moved to the 8th position that it shares with Geneva.
Here are the top 10 cities:
Auckland, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand