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World's Most Liveable Cities in 2021: Auckland in New Zealand Tops the Ranking

World's Most Liveable Cities in 2021: Auckland in New Zealand Tops the Ranking

Auckland in New Zealand has topped the ranking in the 2021 EIU's annual world's most liveable city survey. Classifying 140 cities across five categories including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, this year’s edition of the review has been highly affected by the global pandemic. Australia, Japan, and New Zealand took leading positions, while European and Canadian cities fell down the ranking.

Tokyo, Japan. Image via ShutterstockAuckland, New Zealand. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maurizio De MatteiZurich, Switzerland. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maykova GalinaAdelaide, Australia . Image via Shutterstock/ By myphotobank.com.au+ 12

In the 2021 Global Liveability Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), six of the top ten cities are in New Zealand or Australia, “where tight border controls have allowed residents to live relatively normal lives”, during the covid-19 pandemic. Auckland topped the assessment, due to its “successful approach in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which allowed its society to remain open and the city to score strongly”. It was followed by Osaka in Japan, Adelaide in Australia, Wellington in New Zealand, and Tokyo in Japan.

The only European country that made it to the top 10, is Switzerland with Zurich and Geneva ranking in seventh and eighth positions, mainly because many European cities have “battled the second Covid-19 wave by restricting cultural and sporting events, and closing schools and restaurants”, imposing lockdowns that hurt their performance. Vienna, capital of Austria, occupied the top spot throughout 2018-20 but has slipped down to 12th place for the current survey, following the second Covid-19 wave, according to EIU, and German cities such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Dusseldorf have seen the biggest falls in ranking.


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While Canadian cities such as Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, have slipped down the classification, several US cities, including Honolulu and Houston, have bounced up the rankings over the past six months as social restrictions have lifted. In addition, according to the survey, while the top positions shifted drastically, “the lower end of the rankings has seen less change, with the Syrian capital, Damascus, still the least liveable city in the world”.

Check the ranking below of the world's most liveable cities in 2021.

Ten of the most liveable cities in 2021

1- Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maurizio De Mattei
Auckland, New Zealand. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maurizio De Mattei

2- Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan. Image via Shutterstock
Osaka, Japan. Image via Shutterstock

3- Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, Australia . Image via Shutterstock/ By myphotobank.com.au
Adelaide, Australia . Image via Shutterstock/ By myphotobank.com.au

4- Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand. Image via Shutterstock/ By kanguyen
Wellington, New Zealand. Image via Shutterstock/ By kanguyen

5- Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan. Image via Shutterstock
Tokyo, Japan. Image via Shutterstock

6- Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia. Image via Shutterstock/ By Lev Kropotov
Perth, Australia. Image via Shutterstock/ By Lev Kropotov

7- Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maykova Galina
Zurich, Switzerland. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maykova Galina

8- Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland. Image via Shutterstock/ y S-F
Geneva, Switzerland. Image via Shutterstock/ y S-F

9- Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia. Image via Shutterstock/ By 365 Focus Photography
Melbourne, Australia. Image via Shutterstock/ By 365 Focus Photography

10- Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia. Image via Shutterstock/ By Martin Valigursky
Brisbane, Australia. Image via Shutterstock/ By Martin Valigursky

Read below for the world's least liveable cities in 2021.

Ten of the least liveable cities in 2021

  1. Damascus, Syria
  2. Lagos, Nigeria
  3. Port Moresby, PNG
  4. Dhaka, Bangladesh
  5. Algiers, Algeria
  6. Tripoli, Libya
  7. Karachi, Pakistan
  8. Harare, Zimbabwe
  9. Douala, Cameroon
  10. Caracas, Venezuela

Info via BBC.

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. "World's Most Liveable Cities in 2021: Auckland in New Zealand Tops the Ranking " 10 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/963165/auckland-in-new-zealand-named-as-worlds-most-liveable-city> ISSN 0719-8884
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