(CNN) – Are you planning a big move this year? You might think of Canada or Western Europe.
The presence of the Red Cross and the European Union helped Geneva rank high on the list.
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Switzerland was the only country in Europe to make the top 10 twice, with Geneva in sixth and Zurich in third.
However, Canada was the overall winner. Three cities were represented in the Great White North – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
“Cities that were at the top of our ranking before the pandemic have recovered thanks to their stability, good infrastructure and services, and pleasant leisure activities,” the authors of the index write.
Last year’s winner, New Zealand’s Auckland, fell out of the top 10 in 2022 to an amazing 34th.
Neighboring Australia has shown the most notable drop in rankings this year. Despite having topped the list in the past, Melbourne has dropped to 10th in 2022.
Osaka was the only Asian city to make the top 10 this year.
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Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, was in fourth place in 2021 but also fell out of the top 10 this year.
Although Europe performed very well in 2022, two notable players are missing – London and Paris. Rising costs of living played a role in both metropolitan areas, as did the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The ongoing global conflict was the number one factor determining which countries ended up at the bottom of the list. Damascus, Lagos and Tripoli are among the three least livable cities in the world.
Meanwhile, Kyiv was not analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Vitality versus cost of living
Hong Kong has the dubious honor of taking first place, with New York, Geneva, London and Tokyo rounding out the top five.
The only city included in the ECA and EIU indices was Geneva.
The rating of the most expensive cities was determined solely by economic …