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New Zealand’s Auckland named  World’s Most Liveable City: EIU Report 2021

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Auckland named as world's most liveable cityAccording to the Global Liveability Index 2021 released by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), New Zealand’s Auckland has been named as the World’s Most Liveable City due to its ability to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic faster and lift restrictions earlier than other cities in the world even though the city had more COVID-19 cases.

  • Osaka (Japan), and Adelaide (Australia) came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
  • Auckland has replaced Vienna (Austrian Capital) as the most liveable city. Vienna had topped the list since 2018.
  • The Index is based on a survey conducted between February 22-March 21, 2021 and ranks 140 cities. Globally, the average livability score has fallen by 7 points compared to average pre-pandemic score.
  • The Liveability Index is a bi-annual index and ranks cities based on 5 Indicators – stability, healthcare, education, culture and environment, and infrastructure.

Rank Index Score Location
1 96.0 Auckland, New Zealand
2 94.2 Osaka, Japan
3 94.0 Adelaide, Australia

Least Liveable City:-

Syrian Capital, Damascus remained the least liveable city at Rank 140.

Asian Cities in Top 10 Least Liveable City – Karachi (Pakistan) at 134, Dhaka (Bangladesh) – 137.

Key points

i.The  ranking is from 2019, 2020’s ranking was cancelled due to the pandemic.

ii.6 of the top 10 cities are from New Zealand or Australia, where tight border controls have enabled residents to live normal lives during Pandemic.

Recent Related News:

November 18, 2020, According to the “2021 World’s Best Cities” released  by Resonance Consultancy Ltd – London United Kingdom (UK) is at top spot for the 6th consecutive year. It was followed by New York, United States (US) and Paris (France) at 2nd and 3rd rank respectively.  Notably only one Indian city, Delhi, is listed in the ranking at 62.

About Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU)

Managing Director – Robin Bew
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom