Australia, Japan and New Zealand top the annual ranking of “The Economist” thanks to their rapid measures against Covid-19.
The pandemic has shaken up the ranking of cities where it is good to live, with European metropolises in fall and Australia, Japan or New Zealand in the lead thanks to their rapid measures against Covid-19, according to a study .
Auckland peaks at the top of the weekly’s annual survey The Economist on the cities where life is good, according to the 2021 edition published on Wednesday, June 9, followed by Osaka in Japan, Adelaide (Australia), Tokyo and Wellington (New Zealand). “Auckland rose to the top of the rankings thanks to its successful approach to containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which has enabled society to remain open and the city to perform better in terms of education, culture and environment “, underlines the press release accompanying the study.
Europe lagging behind
Conversely, “European cities have had a particularly poor performance” in this year’s edition. Vienna, previously rated the nicest city between 2018 and 2020, dropped to 12th place while Hamburg, Germany fell 34 places to 47th. The study mentions the “Stress on hospital resources which have increased for most German and French cities” and “Restrictions on movements and gatherings which limited the cultural offer.”
The most significant rise was recorded by Honolulu, Hawaii in the United States (14th in the ranking, +46 places) “Thanks to great progress in how to contain the pandemic and deploy the vaccination program”.
Damascus remains the city where life is the most difficult because of the civil war.