Taipei this year fell from 33rd to 53rd in the “world’s most livable cities” ranking, an annual report published on Wednesday by The Economist said.
With the tagline “Life is getting back to normal, if not quite everywhere,” the report included 33 more cities in its annual “most livable cities” list this year for a total of 172 locations.
The Economist also included Taichung in the rankings, with a score of 80 to 90, similar to that of Taipei, but without indicating the city’s ranking.
The Economist Intelligence Unit said that the Vienna replaced Auckland as the world’s most livable city, giving it back the title it held in 2018 and 2019.
In naming Vienna as an appealing city to live in, the unit and its survey noted the availability of entertainment venues as the local COVID-19 situation eases, well-rounded and stable infrastructure, and commendable healthcare.
The unit attributed Auckland’s drop to 34th this year to New Zealand’s COVID-19 response measures and the effects of the pandemic there.
Europe took six of the top 10 spots, with Copenhagen placing second in the rankings, followed by Zurich in third and Geneva, Switzerland, in sixth.
Frankfurt, Germany, took the seventh spot, while Amsterdam was ninth.
In North America, Calgary, Canada, shared the third spot with Zurich, while Vancouver took fifth and Toronto the eighth spot.
Osaka, Japan, and Melbourne shared the 10th spot.
Dutch brewing company Heineken NV yesterday said that it has reached an agreement to acquire a subsidiary brewery of Taiwan’s Sanyo Whisbih Group (三洋維士比集團). Heineken is to assume majority ownership and management rights of the Long Chuan Zuan Co (龍泉鑽興業) brewery in Pingtung County’s Neipu Township (內埔), the Dutch company said. It would become the first multinational brewing company to operate brewery in Taiwan once the acquisition is completed. The deal has been approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Investment Commission, but details of the financial transaction cannot be disclosed at this time, as terms of the settlement have not been completed,
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