The world’s most livable cities for 2022

(CNN) – Considering a big move this year? You might want to think about Canada or Western Europe.

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

The presence of the Red Cross and the European Union helped Geneva 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, pronounced by CNN Travel Europe’s Capital Cool In December 2021, ranked second in the Global Liveability Index.

Switzerland was the only country in Europe to have two entries in the top 10, with Geneva in sixth place and Zurich in third.

However, the country winner overall was Canada. The Great White North represented its three cities – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.

“The cities that topped our rankings before the pandemic have made a comeback for their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” wrote the index’s authors.

large dropper

Last year’s winner, New Zealand’s Auckland, dropped out of the top 10 in 2022 to an astonishing 34th place.

Neighboring country Australia has dropped the most in the rankings this year. Despite topping the list in the past, Melbourne dropped to 10th place in 2022.

Australia in 2021 dominate the EIU indexBrisbane, Adelaide and Perth all joined Melbourne in the top 10. This year, they are ranked 27th, 30th and 32nd respectively.

Osaka was the only Asian city to make it to the top 10 this year.

Osaka was the only Asian city to make it to the top 10 this year.

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New Zealand’s capital Wellington was ranked fourth in 2021 but dropped out of the top 10 this year as well.

Although Europe did very well in 2022, two notable entries are missing – London and Paris. The increased cost of living played a part in both metropolises, as did Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

The ongoing global conflict was the number one factor determining which countries were at the bottom of the list. Damascus, Lagos and Tripoli were ranked as the three least livable cities in the world.

Meanwhile, Kyiv was not analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

cost of living vs cost of living

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

Hong Kong had the dubious honor of coming in first place, with New York City, Geneva, London and Tokyo rounding out the top five.

Geneva was the only city to appear on both the ECA and EIU indexes.

The ranking of the most expensive cities was determined entirely by economic factors – average rent, gas price and so on – in contrast to the EIU list, which lists a city’s cultural attractions such as museums and concerts, as well as mass transit. looks at the infrastructure. ,

Vienna's arts and culture scene helped it achieve high esteem.

Vienna’s arts and culture scene helped it achieve high esteem.

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Global Liveability Index for 2022: Top 10

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Zurich, Switzerland

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Geneva, Switzerland

7. Frankfurt, Germany

8. Toronto Canada

9. Amsterdam, Netherlands

10. Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia (tie)