How is Prague handling the post-COVID economy compared to other cities?

A newly released city ranking evaluates how how well-equipped cities are for post-pandemic life

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 08.06.2020 14:11 (updated on 08.06.2020)

Prague and Brno fell into the bottom part of a list ranking how well-prepared cities were deal with the post-coronavirus economy.

Digital education platform Futurelearn ranked 100 cities worldwide based on 15 categories in four sectors: economics, government policies, quality of life, and gender equality. The platform began its research into 2020 job opportunities before the pandemic and then used that as a basis to see the pandemic’s impact.

“Our poll of people living in countries such as France, Italy, and the USA found that an average of 50% of respondents had either lost their jobs entirely or had their earning capacity reduced in some way since the beginning of the pandemic. As a result, we felt it was still valuable to go ahead with this research project, not only to offer hope and insight into the best cities for jobs, but also to take the time to reflect on the economic impact of COVID-19, and each government’s response to the crisis,” Futurelearn said.

Overall, Brno did better than Prague, ranking at 56th place, compared to Prague’s 63rd place. Of cities in the Visegrád Group — Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary — Bratislava did best, in 26th place. The only other city to make into the top half was Budapest, at 49th place.

The two cities ranked in Poland did the poorest, with Kraków at 76th place and Warsaw at 86th place.

Coming in at the top of the ranking was Singapore. Cities in Scandinavia dominated the top 10, with Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Oslo taking the next three spots. Two cities in Sweden came in sixth and seventh: Gothenburg and Malmö.

The least prepared city in the world is Santiago, Chile, while Athens came in next to last.

For specific impacts of the pandemic, both Prague and Brno’s outlooks were not so good. Prague ranked in 90th and Brno 91st for COVID-19’s estimated impact on the economy, while Prague and Brno tied for 70th place for the projected impact on unemployment from 2019 to 2020.

In overall government policies, Prague and Brno tied for 41st place in worker’s rights, seventh in parental leave, 85th in government effectiveness. Prague was 82nd in immigration and openness, while Brno was 91st. Both cities in the lower half for all three categories in gender equality.

Prague and Brno did score well in several categories. Prague came in fifth and Brno 10th in healthcare spending. Prague was 15th and Brno 19th in youth opportunities. There was a big split on the cost of living, with Prague at 60th place and Brno at 13th place.

The entire comparison with an explanation of the methodology can be seen here.