WORLD - Ten Most Livable Cities

Arno Froese

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the metropolitan city of Auckland in New Zealand has been named the most livable city globally by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). 

That’s largely due to the country’s successful handling of Covid-19 which allowed schools, theaters, restaurants and other cultural attractions to remain open during the survey period from Feb. 22 to March 21, 2021, according to the EIU.

New Zealand implemented a strict nationwide lockdown for several weeks last year to slow the spread of the virus. It also shut its international borders to most travelers.

Asia-Pacific cities dominated the top 10 rankings this year, even as the pandemic caused overall livability around the world to decline.

The top 10 most livable cities in the world, and their scores according to The Global Liveability 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)

The livability index ranks cities based on more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

-www.cnbc.com, 8 June 2021

Arno's Commentary

Interestingly, only two cities in Europe—located in Switzerland—made it into the top ten for 2020. Australia is the clear winner, with four cities. It looks like the old saying, “Go West, young man” is being replaced with, “Go East, young man.”

One of the strong indicators relating to the well-being of those cities and people is the significantly low rate of crime and poverty. Here we are reminded of Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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