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Vienna is declared the world’s ‘most liveable city’ with Copenhagen and Zurich next best

Austria’s capital Vienna has been ranked as the world’s ‘most livable city’, while Copenhagen and Zurich followed closely in The Economist’s annual 2022 ranking.

The list was dominated by Western European and Canadian cities, with nine of the top ten places in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index.

Only two cities outside of Europe and Canada made it onto the list – Osaka in Japan and Melbourne in Australia. The cities jointly placed 10th in the annual ranking.

The Economist ranked 172 cities based on a variety of factors, including crime rates, health care, political stability, infrastructure and access to green space.

The cities that made the top 10 had eased their Covid restrictions – meaning citizens’ lives could return to normal.

Meanwhile, The Economist has not included Kiev in the rankings this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s war has also caused Moscow and St Petersburg to lose places due to “increased instability, censorship and the imposition of Western sanctions.”

Here, MailOnline takes a look at the top 10 ‘most livable cities’.

1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, with a population of 1.9 million, topped the list as the most livable city in 2022 with a score of 99.1 out of 100, as in 2019 and 2018

Vienna, with a population of 1.9 million, topped the list as the most livable city in 2022 with a score of 99.1 out of 100, as in 2019 and 2018

Vienna, with a population of 1.9 million, topped the list as the most livable city in 2022 with a score of 99.1 out of 100, as in 2019 and 2018.

The city dropped to 12th in the rankings last year as the museums and restaurants were closed due to the pandemic – but these cultural centers have since reopened.

Vienna is known for the glorious architecture of its imperial past with gilded palaces and decadent opera halls filled with classical music.

In addition to its beautiful surroundings, it is known as ‘red Vienna’ because of its left-wing leanings and those who live there can expect good health care, stability, cheap public services and abundant social housing.

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has moved up 13 places in the Global Liveability Index this year with a perfect score for infrastructure, education and stability – and an overall score of 98.

The city has a low crime rate, currently the lowest in more than a decade, thanks to Copenhagen’s focus on preventive initiatives.

Denmark became the first European Union country to lift all of its domestic Covid restrictions – meaning those living in the country can return to normal life and enjoy cultural events and restaurants.

Copenhagen has risen 13 places in the Global Liveability Index this year with a perfect score for infrastructure, education and stability - and an overall score of 98

Copenhagen has risen 13 places in the Global Liveability Index this year with a perfect score for infrastructure, education and stability – and an overall score of 98

3. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ranks third in the quality of life index with a score of 96.3 – largely due to the fact that it is a safe and green city, which is also an important financial center.

The medium-sized city is also extremely affluent — and the index’s authors said this combination meant the city did “extremely well” in the study.

The city has recovered since the pandemic thanks to its stability, good infrastructure and services, The Economist said.

Zurich ranks third in the quality of life index with a score of 96.3 - largely because it is a safe and green city, which is also an important financial center

Zurich ranks third in the quality of life index with a score of 96.3 – largely because it is a safe and green city, which is also an important financial center

3. Calgary, Canada

Calgary, meanwhile, rose from 18th to joint third with Zurich with a score of 96.3.

The authors of the index attribute this huge jump to the city’s lifting of Covid restrictions, allowing citizens to enjoy their daily activities again.

The city scored best for its citizens’ access to good health care, infrastructure and education.

Calgary, meanwhile, rose from 18th to joint third with Zurich with a score of 96.3

Calgary, meanwhile, rose from 18th to joint third with Zurich with a score of 96.3

5. Vancouver, Canada

Canada saw three of its cities represented in the top 10 most livable cities – and Vancouver was one of them with a score of 96.1.

“Cities that topped our rankings before the pandemic have recovered thanks to their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” the index authors wrote.

Located on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver has the highest population in the country and is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities there — with 50 percent of its residents belonging to minority groups.

One of the greenest cities in the world, Vancouver is also one of the most expensive cities to live in.

Canada saw three of its cities represented in the top 10 most livable cities - and Vancouver was one of them with a score of 96.1

Canada saw three of its cities represented in the top 10 most livable cities – and Vancouver was one of them with a score of 96.1

6. Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva was ranked sixth for the most livable city – the authors of the index gave the city a perfect score of 100 for its good health care and 95.9 overall.

The city is a financial center and a center for diplomacy as it is the headquarters of many UN agencies.

Geneva therefore scores highly for its stability and infrastructure.

Geneva was ranked sixth for most livable city - with the index's authors giving the city a perfect score of 100 for its good health care and 95.9 overall

Geneva was ranked sixth for most livable city – with the index’s authors giving the city a perfect score of 100 for its good health care and 95.9 overall

7. Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt climbed a whopping 32 places in 12 months to take seventh place and a score of 95.7 this year in the annual quality of life index.

The huge improvement meant that Frankfurt was the only city to be in the top 10 most livable cities.

Frankfurt is known as the financial capital of Germany, but it also has a host of cultural attractions that make it a good place to live.

Frankfurt climbed a whopping 32 places over 12 months to take seventh place and a score of 95.7 this year in the annual quality of life index

Frankfurt climbed a whopping 32 places over 12 months to take seventh place and a score of 95.7 this year in the annual quality of life index

8. Toronto, Canada

Toronto scored a total of 95.4 and a perfect score of 100 for its healthcare and infrastructure in the index.

The city has also eased Covid restrictions, allowing its 2.93 million residents to visit iconic landmarks such as the CN Tower and museums.

The city also has several neighborhoods, each of which is a microcultural center with several restaurants and parks.

Toronto scored a total of 95.4 and a perfect score of 100 for its healthcare and infrastructure in the index

Toronto scored a total of 95.4 and a perfect score of 100 for its healthcare and infrastructure in the index

9. Amsterdam, Netherlands

The City of Amsterdam shot up in the rankings from 30th to ninth this year with a score of 95.3 – largely due to the end of Covid restrictions there.

In March, the Dutch government dropped the last remaining Covid restrictions despite an increase in infections as the nation learns to live with the virus.

The city scored more than 90 in each of the five categories, but scored best in health care with 100 points.

The City of Amsterdam shot up in the rankings from 30th to ninth this year with a score of 95.3 – largely due to the end of Covid restrictions there

The City of Amsterdam shot up in the rankings from 30th to ninth this year with a score of 95.3 – largely due to the end of Covid restrictions there

10. Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia

The cities of Osaka in Japan and Melbourne in Australia jointly placed tenth in the index with a score of 95.1.

Melbourne was again Australia’s highest ranked city, while Osaka was the only Asian city to finish in the top 10 this year.

Strong stability and good infrastructure are the main charms of the two cities, supported by good health care and opportunities for culture and entertainment.

The easing of Covid restrictions has also ensured that citizens now have access to health care, cultural attractions and education.

The cities of Osaka in Japan (pictured) and Melbourne in Australia jointly placed tenth in the index with a score of 95.1

The cities of Osaka in Japan (pictured) and Melbourne in Australia jointly placed tenth in the index with a score of 95.1

Melbourne (pictured) was again Australia's highest-ranking city, while Osaka was the only Asian city to finish in the top 10 this year

Melbourne (pictured) was again Australia’s highest-ranking city, while Osaka was the only Asian city to finish in the top 10 this year

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