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This is the best city in the world to live in, according to The Economist

Published: 23 Jun 2022 10:10 GMT

Austria’s capital, Vienna, has been chosen for the third time in the last five years as the best city in the world to live in, according to the traditional report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in which 172 cities around the world were ranked.

To assess the levels of livability, the evaluators, apart from the impact of the coronavirus, took into account 30 indicators in six categories: stability, health, education, culture, environment and infrastructure.

Thanks to the easing of restrictions due to covid-19, Vienna returned to the top of the list, taking the top spot from Auckland (New Zealand), which led the index last year and fell to 33rd place this year due to the increase in cases of the omicron strain of coronavirus and the subsequent tightening of measures against the disease.

Other cities in the top 10 after the Austrian capital include Copenhagen (Denmark), Zurich (Switzerland) and Calgary (Canada), which ranked third, Vancouver (Canada), Geneva (Switzerland), Frankfurt (Germany), Toronto (Canada), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Osaka (Japan) and Melbourne (Australia), which shared tenth place.

Meanwhile, as the 10 least livable cities in the world were rated the following (from worst to best): Damascus (Syria), Lagos (Nigeria), Tripoli (Libya), Algiers (Algeria), Karachi (Pakistan), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Harare (Zimbabwe), Douala (Cameroon) and Tehran (Iran).

In Latin America, the best-rated city was the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, while Caracas continues to be the most difficult city in the region to live in, although it is no longer among the 10 worst in the world, as it was last year.

This year, another factor that changed the list was the conflict in Ukraine. Thus, Kiev did not receive a score, since the EIU correspondent had to suspend the survey with the outbreak of fighting. The two major Russian cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, dropped 15 and 13 places to 80th and 88th respectively, as hundreds of Western companies withdrew from the country following the operation launched on Ukrainian territory by Russia.


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