Vienna tops the list of most livable cities again in an annual index published by the British weekly The Economist. City previously held the title in 2018 and 2019.
“Stability and good infrastructure are the city’s main strengths for its residents, supported by good health care and ample opportunities for culture and entertainment,” the report said.
The Austrian capital slipped to 12th place last year, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit ranking. It bounced back to grab the top spot, dislodging New Zealand’s Auckland, which fell to 34th place due to COVID pandemic restrictions.
Cities are scored on stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure to create the ranking.
European cities dominate the top 10
Cities in Western Europe and Canada dominate the top of the ranking. Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt climbed 32 places to seventh position while Hamburg and Dusseldorf came in at 16th and 22nd.
Paris, the French capital, came in 19th, up 23 places from last year. London was ranked 33rd, while Milan, Italy was the 49th most livable city. New York has reached 51.
The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was not included this year due to the ongoing Russian invasion. Meanwhile, Russia’s Moscow and St. Petersburg have fallen in the rankings due to “increased instability, censorship, the imposition of Western sanctions and the withdrawal of businesses from the country”.
“War, conflict and terrorism” determine the lowest positions
Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, ranks last in terms of living conditions. Also at the bottom of the list were Lagos in Nigeria, Tripoli in Libya, Algiers in Algeria and Karachi in Pakistan. Of the 10 lowest-ranked cities, seven are in the Middle East and Africa.
“Wars, conflicts and terrorism” were the main factors listed by the report regarding the low livability of these cities.
Beirut in Lebanon, mired in a financial crisis, did not appear in the ranking of business destinations.
ss/ko (TAUT, dpa)