(DailyExpertNews) — Are you considering a big move this year? You may want to think of Canada or Western Europe.
Thanks to the presence of the Red Cross and the European Union, Geneva was high on the list.
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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’s overall winner was Canada. The Great White North had represented three of its cities: Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
“Cities that topped our rankings before the pandemic have recovered thanks to their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the index authors wrote.
Last year’s winner, Auckland, New Zealand, dropped out of the top 10 in 2022, finishing in a surprising 34th place.
Neighboring Australia had the most notable drop in the rankings this year. Despite having topped the list in the past, Melbourne dropped to 10th place in 2022.
Osaka was the only Asian city to make it into the top 10 this year.
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Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, was in fourth place in 2021 but also fell out of the top 10 this year.
While Europe had a very good performance in 2022, two notable mentions are missing: London and Paris. Higher costs of living played a role in both metropolises, as did the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Ongoing global conflict was the main factor 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.
Meanwhile, Kiev was not analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Viability vs Cost of Living
Hong Kong had the dubious honor of finishing in first place, with New York City, Geneva, London and Tokyo around the top five.
The only city to appear on both the ECA and the EIU index was Geneva.
The ranking of the most expensive cities was determined solely by economic factors — average rent, gas price, 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 transportation.
Thanks to the art and culture scene in Vienna, it scored high accolades.
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The 2022 Global Liveability Index: The 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 and Melbourne, Australia (tie)