The most liveable city in the world is Vienna: to decree it is the “Global Liveability Index 2022”. The ranking, drawn up annually by the Economist Intelligence Unit, represents a real photograph of the world able to shed light on which are the cities of the globe where it is more pleasant to live.
The world in 2022: between war and post-pandemic reopening
still, compared to 2021, the scores for some indicators (environment, culture, health care and education) have increased significantly compared to the previous two years, it is clear how the services offered by cities have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.
Compared to 2021, Vienna returns to the top of the ranking as it had already happened in 2018 and 2019 thanks also to the loosening of the contrasting restrictions of covid-19. The war that is being fought in Ukraine obviously weighs heavily on the classification; the English newspaper The Economist found itself in fact forced to eliminate the Ukrainian capital Kiev since the ongoing conflict you have seen the results. The war, however, also weighs on the positions in the ranking of the Russian cities Moscow and St. Petersburg; both cities recorded declining scores due to increased instability, censorship, the imposition of Western sanctions and the presence of companies withdrawing their businesses from the country. More generally, the conflict that has broken out between Russia and Ukraine makes Eastern European cities slide towards the lower part of the classification. due to rising geopolitical risks.
The urban centers of Canada and Western Europe prevail where, thanks to loosening of restrictions and vaccines, we have returned to levels of life similar to those of the pre-pandemic. The Danish Copenhagenin second place is the rise of thirteen positions compared to the previous year while Zurich shares the third position in the ranking together with the Canadian Calgary which, compared to 2021, has reached 18 positions. In the top ten, to follow, we find: Vancouver, Geneva, Frankfurt, Toronto, Amsterdam and finally, Osaka and Melbourne tied for tenth position.
Instead, they close the ranking of the 172 most livable cities in the world Tripoli, the Nigerian city Lagos and Damascus. Finally, taking a more general look at the research, it is possible to note how the classification in 2022 was enriched by 33 cities, a third of which in China. This brings the total number of cities to 172, excluding Kiev. Many of the newcomers, such as Surabaya (Indonesia) and Chongqing (China), already represent destinations that could start the rapid growth of the ranking from the next.