(CNN) – Are you considering a big step this year? You might think of Canada or Western Europe.
The Red Cross and the presence of the European Union helped Geneva rank high on the list.
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Switzerland was the only country in Europe that had two entries in the top 10, with Geneva in sixth place and Zurich in third place.
The overall country winner, however, was Canada. The Great White North represented three of its cities – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
“Cities that were at the top of our rankings before the pandemic have come back because of their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the index’s authors wrote.
Last year’s winner, New Zealand’s Auckland, dropped out of the top 10 in 2022 and landed in a surprising 34th place.
Neighboring Australia had the most noticeable drop in the rankings this year. Despite topping the list earlier, Melbourne dropped to 10th place in 2022.
Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, was in fourth place in 2021, but also dropped out of the top 10 this year.
Although Europe had a very good result in 2022, two notable items are missing – London and Paris. Increased cost of living played a role in both metropolises, as did Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Ongoing global conflict was the most important factor that determined which countries were at the bottom of the list. Damascus, Lagos and Tripoli were rated as the three cities in the world that are least viable.
Meanwhile, Kiev was not analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Viability versus cost of living
Hong Kong had the dubious honor of coming in first place, with New York City, Geneva, London and Tokyo rounding out the top five.
The only city that appeared on both the ECA and EIU index was Geneva.
The most expensive city location was determined solely by economic factors – average rent, gas price and the like – as opposed to the EIU list, which looks at a city’s cultural attractions such as museums and concerts as well as infrastructure such as mass transport.
2022’s Global Liveability Index: 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, Holland
10. Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia (draw)