Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Auckland No. 1 on Economist’s list of most liveable cities

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VIENNA: Covid -19 has shaken up the Economist Intelligen­ce Unit’s annual ranking of most liveable cities, moving Auckland to first place, replacing Vienna, which crashed out of the top 10 as the island nations of New Zealand, Australia and Japan fared best.

The Austrian capital had led the list since 2018 and for years ran neck and neck with Melbourne at the top of the survey of 140 urban centres. New Zealand’s eliminatio­n of Covid-19 within its borders through lockdown measures helped by its geographic isolation, however, gave its cities a big boost.

“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.

The EIU generally does not make the full ranking public. The last time Auckland was in the top 10 was in 2017, when it came eighth, a position Melbourne shared with Geneva this year. Vienna fell to 12th.

Illustrati­ng New Zealand’s advantage this year, Wellington also entered the top 10. It came fourth behind Osaka, which rose two spots to second place, and Adelaide, which leapfrogge­d its compatriot­s Sydney and Melbourne to third place from 10th.

“Cities across the world are now much less liveable than they were before the pandemic began, and we’ve seen that regions such as Europe have been hit particular­ly hard,” EIU said.

 ?? REUTERS/FILE ?? Auckland skyline featuring Sky Tower in New Zealand.
REUTERS/FILE Auckland skyline featuring Sky Tower in New Zealand.

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