The city of Auckland in New Zealand came at the top of the list, and the Syrian capital, Damascus, at the end of the list.
The assessment was based on the country's successful response to the coronavirus pandemic, which allowed schools, theaters, restaurants and other cultural attractions to remain open during the survey period from February 22 to March 21, 2021.
The global index ranks 140 cities on the basis of more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors including: (political and economic stability, crime rate, culture and education, health care services, environment and infrastructure).
And due to the Corona epidemic, the compilers of the rating added new indicators, such as pressure on healthcare resources, as well as restrictions around local sporting events, theaters, concerts, restaurants and schools.
New Zealand imposed a strict nationwide lockdown for several weeks in 2020 to slow the spread of the virus, and closed its international borders to most travelers.
Asia Pacific cities dominated the top ten this year; Among them are four Australian cities.
The world's top ten liveable cities and their scores, according to the Global Wellbeing Index 2021, are:
- 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)