(CNN) — Are you considering a big move this year? You may want to think of Canada or Western Europe.
The presences of the Red Cross and the European Union helped Geneva to rank high on the list.
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Switzerland was the only country in Europe to have had two entries in the top 10, with Geneva in sixth position and Zurich in third.
However, the overall winning country was Canada. The Great White North had three of its cities represented: Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto.
“Cities that were at the top of our rankings before the pandemic have bounced back thanks to their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the index’s authors wrote.
Last year’s winners, New Zealand’s Auckland, dropped out of the top 10 in 2022 to land a surprising 34th.
Neighboring Australia had the most notable drop in rankings this year. Despite topping the list in the past, Melbourne has dropped to 10th place in 2022.
Osaka was the only Asian city to land in the top 10 this year.
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Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, was ranked fourth in 2021, but also dropped out of the top 10 this year.
Although Europe did very well in 2022, two notable entries are missing: London and Paris. Rising cost of living played a role in both metropolises, as did the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The ongoing global conflict was the number one factor in determining which countries ranked bottom of the list. Damascus, Lagos and Tripoli were ranked as the three least liveable cities in the world.
Meanwhile, Kyiv was not analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Habitability versus cost of living
Hong Kong had the dubious honor of taking the top spot, with New York City, Geneva, London and Tokyo rounding out the top five.
The only city that appeared in the ECA and EIU indices was Geneva.
The ranking of the most expensive cities was determined solely by economic factors (average rent, gas prices, and the like), unlike the EIU list, which looks at a city’s cultural attractions, such as museums and concerts, as well as infrastructure such as public transport. .
Vienna’s arts and culture scene helped earn it top honors.
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2022 Global Liveability Index: Top 10
1. Vienna, Austria
two. Copenhagen, Denmark
3. Zürich, Switzerland
Four. Calgary, Canada
5. Vancouver, Canada
6. Geneva, Switzerland
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Toronto Canada
9. Amsterdam, Holland
10 Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia (tie)