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The world’s most liveable cities for 2022

The world's most liveable cities for 2022

(CNN) – Considering a big move this year? You may want to consider Canada or Western Europe.

The annual ranking of the world’s most liveable cities was recently released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and the 2022 Global Wellbeing Index shows some notable differences from in the previous year.
EIU, a sister organization of The Economistranked 173 cities around the world on a variety of factors, including healthcare, crime rates, political stability, infrastructure, and access to green spaces.

The presence of the Red Cross and the European Union helped Geneva place a high position 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). Copenhagen, announced by CNN Travel The wonderful capital of Europe In December 2021, it ranked second on the Global Well-Being Index.

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.

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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.

In 2021, Australia Dominate the EIU IndexBrisbane, Adelaide and Perth joined Melbourne in the top ten. This year, they ranked 27, 30 and 32, respectively.

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.

The possibility of living for the cost of living

Earlier this month, global mobility company ECA International released its list of The most expensive cities in the world to live in, with an emphasis on expatriates.

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.

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

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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)