World best city, Auckland

This city is ranked world’s best to live in

In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest ranking of the most liveable cities in the world, New Zealand’s Auckland city has emerged at the top.

The EIU released The Global Liveability Index for 2021 on Tuesday, with Auckland in New Zealand topping the list, followed by Osaka in Japan in second place, and Australia’s Adelaide in third place.

The survey ranked 140 cities based on factors such as stability, healthcare, education and infrastructure, but the coronavirus epidemic has played a significant role in the ranking.

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 in a statement.

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.

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