World’s Most Livable Cities: Auckland Tops The List, European Cities Fare Poorly

Travelling to a country and living in one, can be poles apart. When you travel to a country you are amazed by the cuisine, nature, attractions, culture etc. But, how do you decide if that country is good enough to settle down? Well, let’s help you with that. Here are the 10 most liveable cities in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual ranking. Cities in New Zealand, Australia and Japan secret the top spots, leaving behind those in Europe. Auckland adorned the topmost position for the most liveable city in the world.

Findings From The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Annual Ranking
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked countries according to 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories including stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

The pandemic has shaken things up, majority shuffling the cities that made it to the annual ranking. Auckland made it to the top spot, pushing away Vienna, which held the top spot since 2018. Following Auckland were Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, Adelaide in Australia and Wellington in New Zealand, all of which stood out for their successful approach in containing the pandemic.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in a statement said that-“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.”

On the other hand, European cities performed poorly on the list. Vienna, which has been one of the most liveable cities since 2018 dropped to the 12th position. The biggest fall was witnessed by the port city of Hamburg in northern Germany, which fell to the 47th position.

While Australia, New Zealand and Japan bagged the top spots, places like Dhaka, Bangladesh, Karachi, Pakistan and Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, have remained in the bottom for a while now.

The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World

  • Auckland, New Zealand (96.0)
  • Osaka, Japan (94.2)
  • Adelaide, Australia (94.0)
  • Wellington, New Zealand (93.7)
  • Tokyo, Japan (93.7)
  • Perth, Australia (93.3)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (92.8)
  • Geneva, Switzerland (92.5)
  • Melbourne, Australia (92.5)
  • Brisbane, Australia (92.4)

10 Least Livable Cities In The World

  • Damascus (Syria)
  • Lagos (Nigeria)
  • Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Algiers (Algeria)
  • Tripoli (Libya)
  • Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Douala (Cameroon)
  • Caracas (Venezuela)