The Economist Intelligence Unit has published a list of 140 cities, ranked by level of living comfort. The annual ranking assesses them according to thirty criteria: standard of living, crime, transport infrastructure, access to education and health care, economic stability.
Last year, Vienna was in first place. This year, the Austrian capital has been ousted by Auckland, New Zealand, establishing itself as the leader. Some cities in Japan, Australia and New Zealand improved their positions, and many European ones dropped their ratings, including Athens. At the same time, the Greek capital was among the ten cities with the largest drop.
The top five cities with the best living conditions, besides Auckland, are: Osaka (Japan), Adelaide (Australia), Wellington (New Zealand), Tokyo (Japan). Last year’s leader Vienna dropped 12 positions, and only 2 European cities – Swiss Geneva and Zurich – entered the top ten.
Athens lost 20 positions and moved to 92nd place (last year – 72). This was mainly due to the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the health care index.
In last place, like last year, is the anti-leader – Syrian Damascus, in which the civil war continues. Next to it, just above, Lagos (Nigeria), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Dhaka (Bangladesh). That is, the bottom part of last year’s list has not changed.