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The most livable cities in the world for 2022

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

The annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities has just been released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and the 2022 Global Liveability Index shows some notable differences from the previous year.
The EIU, a subsidiary of The Economist, ranked 173 cities around the world on a range 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 Geneva rank high on the list.

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big winners

Overall, the list was dominated by Europe, with six places in the top 11 (10th was tied). Copenhagen, which was named Capital of Europe by CNN Travel in December 2021, came in second in the Global Liveability Index.

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.

big droppers

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.

In 2021, Australia dominated the EIU index, with Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth joining Melbourne in the top ten. This year they are ranked 27th, 30th and 32nd respectively.
Osaka was the only Asian city to make the top 10 this year.

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

Earlier this month, global transport company ECA International released a list of the world’s most expensive cities to live in, with a focus on expatriates.

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 …

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