“Well vaccinated” cities: Life is said to be best in these metropolises

“Well vaccinated” cities
Life is said to be best in these metropolises

Corona shakes up the list of the most livable cities considerably. Better handling of the pandemic too. The front runner before the crisis regained its title and many German cities also jumped up in the ranking. In contrast, Russia’s war provides many nuances.

After the lifting of corona restrictions, several German-speaking cities are again among the most livable metropolises in the world according to a ranking. In this year Index of the British “Economist” group Austria’s capital Vienna regained the top spot for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. The biggest winners year-on-year were Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. The three German cities each improved by around 30 places and ended up in 7th, 16th and 22nd place.

Last year, the quality of life in European metropolises had fallen significantly due to corona restrictions, while life in the isolated island state of New Zealand continued to be largely normal. The result: Auckland landed in first place. With the lifting of the corona measures, however, conurbations in New Zealand, Australia and China slipped again in 2022.

According to the report, “well vaccinated” cities in Europe and Canada are once again dominating the top spots, i.e. metropolises with comparatively high vaccination rates: Vienna is followed by Copenhagen, Zurich, Calgary, Vancouver and Geneva. After Frankfurt, the top ten also includes Toronto and Amsterdam as well as Osaka and Melbourne. Berlin and Munich take places 13 and 18. The improved scores are due to the opening of shops, restaurants and museums, said Upasana Dutt, head of the quality of life index. “Education has improved as children are returning to schools and there has been a significant reduction in the burden on hospitals and healthcare systems,” she added.

Russian metropolises crash, Kyiv removed from list

Most of the top-ranking German cities score top marks for infrastructure and healthcare. However, when it comes to the factors “education” and “stability” – meaning the security situation – Germany is not in the top group.

While western Europe caught up, ratings in the east of the continent fell in the wake of the Russian attack on Ukraine. Moscow and St. Petersburg dropped more than a dozen places, ranking 96th and 107th out of the 172 metropolitan areas ranked. The Ukrainian capital Kyiv was excluded from the ranking this year. Other cities such as Warsaw and Budapest were also downgraded because of the geopolitical situation in the region.

And then there are those at the bottom: Life is hardest in Damascus in Syria, Tripoli in Libya, Lagos in Nigeria and Algiers in Algeria, the analysts found. Violent conflicts and terrorism are the main reasons for the poor performance. Tehran, the capital of sanctions-plagued Iran, is also one of the last ten municipalities in the series.

From the point of view of the study authors, the effects of the Ukraine war are the greatest risk for the urban quality of life in the coming months. Rising energy and food prices could trigger conflicts in some places. “Even where stability is not threatened, the cost crisis will dampen investment in infrastructure, health and education,” they warned.

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