The world’s most liveable cities for 2022

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(CNN) – Thinking of a big move this year? You might think of Canada or Western Europe.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has just released its annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities, and the 2022 Global Liveability Index shows some significant differences. Last year.
EIU, a sister organization EconomistIt ranks 173 cities worldwide 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 keep Geneva at the top of the list.

The presence of the Red Cross and the European Union helped keep Geneva at the top of the list.

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Big winners

Overall, Europe dominates the list with six places in the top 11 (tied for 10th place). Copenhagen, as reported by CNN Travel The cold capital of Europe In December 2021, it ranked second in the Global Livelihoods 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 place.

However, the winner across the country was Canada. Great White North represents its three cities – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.

“Cities that were at the top of our rankings before the epidemic have returned based on their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the authors of the index wrote.

Large droppers

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

Neighboring Australia saw the biggest drop in rankings this year. Despite topping the list in the past, Melbourne was ranked 10th in 2022.

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

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

Despite having a very good performance in Europe in 2022, there are two notable entries missing – London and Paris. Rising living costs played a role in both metros, as did the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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

Kiev, meanwhile, has not been analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Living vs. living costs

Earlier this month, global mobility company ECA International released its list The most expensive cities in the world To stay focused on expats.

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

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

The ranking of the most expensive cities was determined solely by economic factors – average fares, gas prices and the like – as opposed to the EIU list, which looks at the city’s cultural attractions such as museums and concerts as well as infrastructure such as mass transportation. .

Vienna's art and culture scene helped him gain high respect.

Vienna’s art and culture scene helped him gain high respect.

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2022 Global Livelihoods Index: 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)

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