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Vienna regains the title of the world’s most habitable city | Austria

Written by Javed Iqbal

The Austrian capital, Vienna, has made a comeback as the world’s most habitable city, according to an annual report by The Economist.

Vienna snatched the top spot from New Zealand the city of Auckland, which crashed in 34th place due to corona pandemic restrictions, according to the report by the Economist’s intelligence unit published on Thursday.

“Vienna, which dropped to 12th place in our rankings in early 2021 when its museums and restaurants closed, has since returned to first placethe position it held in 2018 and 2019, “the report said.

“Stability and good infrastructure are the city’s greatest charm for its inhabitants, backed by good health care and plenty of opportunities for culture and entertainment.”

The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was not included this year, after Russia invaded the country in late February, while the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Petersburg fell on the rankings of “censorship” and the impact of Western sanctions.

Europe boasted six out of top 10 cities.

The Austrian capital was followed by the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and Swiss Zurich. The Swiss city of Geneva came in sixth place, Germany’s Frankfurt in seventh and Holland’s Amsterdam in ninth.

Canada did well, too. Calgary came in joint third place followed by Vancouver in fifth place and Toronto in eighth place.

Japan’s Osaka and Australian Melbourne shared 10th place. The French capital, Paris, was number 19, 23 places higher than last year. The Belgian capital, Brussels, finished 24th, just behind Canada’s Montreal.

Auckland’s drop in rankings reflected the changing landscape of the coronavirus pandemic over the past year, with vaccination enabling many communities to reopen.

While it was downgraded due to its Covid restrictions this year, they were responsible for it winning first place in 2021, with the Economist saying at the time: “New Zealand’s hard lockdown allowed their communities to reopen and allowed citizens in cities like Auckland and Wellington to enjoy a lifestyle that resembled a pre-pandemic life. “

More directly, political reporter Thomas Coughlan then remarked that: “I guess there’s no pandemic here, so it’s technically easier to be alive here compared to being dead elsewhere.”

In this year’s rankings, the UK’s capital, London, was the world’s 33rd most habitable city, while Spain’s Barcelona and Madrid came in 35th and 43rd place respectively.

Italy’s Milan was number 49, the American city New York 51, and China’s Beijing number 71.

Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, which was ravaged by a port explosion in 2020 and is battling a crippling financial crisis, was not included in the ranking of business destinations.

Nor was Kyiv, after the Russian invasion on February 24 forced the Economist to suspend its investigation of the city. Russia’s capital, Moscow, saw its ranking for viability fall by 15 seats, while St. Petersburg fell by 13 places.

“Increased censorship accompanies the ongoing conflict,” the report noted. “Russian cities are also seeing restrictions on culture and the environment as a result of Western economic sanctions.”

Other cities in Eastern Europe were considered less stable after “increased diplomatic tensions” due to the war in Ukraine.

The capital of war-torn Syria, Damascus, retained its place as the least habitable city on the planet.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

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