(CNN) – Considering a big move this year? You may want to consider Canada or Western Europe.
The presence of the Red Cross and the European Union helped Geneva place a high position on the list.
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Switzerland was the only country in Europe to have participants in the top ten, with Geneva taking sixth place and Zurich 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 rebounded on the back of their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the index authors wrote.
Last year’s winner, New Zealand’s Auckland, fell out of the top ten in 2022 to drop to a surprising 34th place.
Neighboring Australia posted the most noticeable drop in the rankings this year. Despite topping it in the past, Melbourne slipped to 10th place in 2022.
Osaka was the only Asian city to reach the top ten this year.
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Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, took fourth place in 2021 but also dropped out of the top ten this year.
Although Europe fared very well in 2022, two notable entries are missing – London and Paris. The rising cost of living played a role in both cities, as did the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The ongoing global conflict was the number one factor that determined which countries came at the bottom of the list. Damascus, Lagos and Tripoli are ranked as the three least livable cities in the world.
Meanwhile, Kyiv was not analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
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Hong Kong had the dubious honor of taking first place, with New York City, Geneva, London and Tokyo taking the top five.
The only city that appeared in both the ECA and EIU indices was Geneva.
The most expensive cities’ ranking is determined solely by economic factors — average rent, gas price, and the like — unlike EIU’s list, which looks at a city’s cultural attractions like museums and concerts as well as infrastructure like mass transit.
Vienna’s artistic and cultural scene has helped it achieve high marks.
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World Wellbeing Index 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 the netherlands
10. Osaka, Japan, Melbourne, Australia (tie)
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