Minsk took 90th place out of 100 in the 2021 World’s Best Cities ranking compiled by Resonance Consultancy, a leading global advisor in real estate, tourism, and economic development. Recall that in 2019 the capital of Belarus was ranked 131st.
In the ranking, Minsk is described as “the city of the communist era”, which is now fighting for its freedom. In addition, the description mentions the coronavirus pandemic, protests that began after the presidential election, as well as acts of violence against demonstrators (with Maria Kolesnikova being called the leader of opposition).
“With Top 25 most-educated citizens globally, it’s not surprising that the hunger for change is ravenous in a place where you can’t drink the tap water or speak your mind freely. The city itself is a snapshot in history: almost entirely rebuilt after its destruction by the Nazis in WWII to post-war Soviet urban planning, and little changed since. But with a #62 ranking in our Attractions subcategory, there are untouched relics, like the Medieval castle at Mir, scattered nearby.”
London took the first place in the list, Krakow is 100th. Next to Belarus are the Australian city of Perth (89th place) and Bucharest (91st place). When compiling a ranking, Resonance Consultancy scores the world’s best cities based on the six metrics:
- place (the perceived quality of a city’s natural and built environment, including weather, safety, neighborhoods, landmarks, outdoors, COVID-19 infection rates);
- product (key institutions, attractions and infrastructure, airport connectivity, attractions, museums, university ranking, convention center, pro sports teams);
- programming (arts, culture, entertainment, culinary scene, shopping, culture, restaurants, nightlife);
- people (immigration rate and diversity of a city, foreign born and educational attainment);
- prosperity (level of economic development);
- promotion (the quantity of stories, references and recommendations shared online about a city).