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These are the best cities in the world to live in 2022

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Now that COVID-19 is like a fading memory in much of the world, The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2022 Global Liveability Index looks a lot like it did in the days before the pandemic.

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Vienna has regained the top spot it held three years ago, before falling to 12th place in 2021 due to the COVID-induced closure of museums and restaurants. The Austrian capital just overtook Copenhagen in the spot, thanks to a higher healthcare rating, while Zurich in Switzerland and Calgary and Vancouver in Canada complete the top five spots.

Languishing at the end of 173 cities are Tripoli in Libya, the Nigerian city of Lagos and Damascus in Syria.


For the past two years, the EIU’s global liveability rankings have been largely dictated by COVID-19, as lockdown and social distancing measures affect culture, education and healthcare scores in cities around the world.”, states the report. “However, in our most recent survey, the rate has normalized as restrictions have been lifted in many countries.”

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The only non-European or Canadian cities to break into the top 10 were Osaka in Japan and Melbourne in Australia, which ranked 10th.

Other cities in Australia and New Zealand did not fare as well, the EIU said. Both countries benefited from border closures in early 2021, which kept COVID cases low and life relatively normal, but the more infectious variants that swept through the population that same year disrupted the course of normal life. Wellington and Auckland dropped 46 and 33 places respectively, the biggest falls on the list.

Those that moved the most in the opposite direction included London, which rose 27 places to 33rd place, and Los Angeles, which rose 18 places to 37th place.

The report noted that China had yet to benefit from the lifting of COVID restrictions as outbreaks of the virus have resulted in strict lockdowns. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine meant that kyiv was excluded from the list.

The EIU said the cities were ranked based on more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors in five broad categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

These are the 10 most liveable cities:

1) Vienna, Austria

2) Copenhagen, Denmark

3) Zurich, Switzerland

3) Calgary, Canada

5) Vancouver, Canada

6) Geneva, Switzerland

7) Frankfurt, Germany

8) Toronto, Canada

9) Amsterdam, Netherlands

10) Osaka, Japan

10) Melbourne, Australia

And these are the last 10:

163) Tehran, Iran

164) Douala, Cameroon

165) Harare, Zimbabwe

166) Dhaka, Bangladesh

167) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

168) Karachi, Pakistan

169) Algiers, Algeria

170) Tripoli, Libya

171) Lagos, Nigeria

172) Damascus, Syria

Source: Gestion

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