The world's most liveable cities for 2022

The world’s most liveable cities for 2022

(CNN) — Are you considering a big move this year? You may want to think of Canada or Western Europe.

The annual ranking of the world’s most liveable cities has just been released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and the 2022 Global Liveability Index shows some stark differences from the previous year.
The EIU, which is a sister organization to The Economist, ranked 173 cities around the world on a variety of factors, including health care, crime rates, political stability, infrastructure and access to green space.

The presences of the Red Cross and the European Union helped Geneva to rank high on the list.

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big winners

Overall, Europe dominated the list, with six places in the top 11 (there was a tie for 10th place). Copenhagen, which CNN Travel proclaimed the European capital of cool in December 2021, ranked second in the Global Livability Index.

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.

large droppers

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.

In 2021, Australia dominated the EIU index, with Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth joining Melbourne in the top 10. This year, they are ranked 27th, 30th and 32nd respectively.
Osaka was the only Asian city to land in the top 10 this year.

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

Earlier this month, global mobility company ECA International released its list of the world’s most expensive cities to live in, with a focus on expats.

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.

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)

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