Status: 23.06.2022 07:55
Following the repeal of coronavirus measures, many European cities are once again among the world’s liveliest metropolises. According to the “Economist”, Vienna is at the top. But the three biggest winners are in Germany.
Vienna is again the most populous city in the world. In this year’s ranking of the British “Economist”, the Austrian capital reached the top for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic – as in 2018 and 2019. Copenhagen and Zurich are in second and third place.
In the previous year, the quality of life in European capitals decreased significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions. However, life went as usual in the isolated island state of New Zealand, which gave the city of Auckland first place. However, with the repeal of the corona measures, New Zealand, Australia and China fell again in the current index. Auckland, for example, is only 34th this year.
Winners: Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf
In addition to Vienna and Zurich, many other German-speaking metropolises are also considered very habitable. The biggest winners are Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. All three German cities have improved by about 30 places. Frankfurt reached the top ten with seventh place, Hamburg and Düsseldorf took 16th and 22nd place.
The improvement in the score is due to the opening of shops, restaurants and museums, said Upasana Dutt, head of the Quality of Life Index. “Education has improved as children return to school and the burden on hospitals and health systems has been significantly reduced,” she added. Most leading German cities have the best ratings for infrastructure and healthcare. However, Germany is not in the top group when it comes to the “education” and “stability” factors.
Russian cities are gliding
The Ukrainian capital Kyiv was excluded from the rankings this year due to the Russian offensive war. The Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg fell sharply in the rankings due to “censorship” and the impact of Western sanctions on Russia. Out of 172 metropolitan cities, they ranked 96th and 107th. Other cities such as Warsaw and Budapest have also been reduced due to the geopolitical situation in the region.
The war-torn Syrian capital, Damascus, was the last to end up. Violent conflicts and terrorism are the main reasons for poor performance. The last places also include Libyan Tripoli, Nigerian Lagos, Algerian Algiers and Iranian Tehran.
From the authors’ point of view, the effects of the Ukrainian war are the biggest risk to the quality of life in cities in the coming months. Rising energy and food prices could provoke conflicts in some places. “Even where stability is not threatened, the cost crisis will dampen investment in infrastructure, health and education,” they warned.