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Vienna Most Liveable City In The World, Damascus The Worst

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Are you considering moving countries for a better standard of life? You should certainly consider Western Europe or Canada if you really want to move.  The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)has released the Global Liveability Index assessing which cities are the best to live in and the worst cities to reside in.

Health care, crime rates, political stability, infrastructure and access to green space were the factors used by EIC to produce this list. EIC – the sister organisation to The Economist ranked 173 cities around the world.

Austria’s Vienna topped the list as the most liveable city in the world. It moved up one place since the list last released in 2021.  Europe dominated the list with Switzerland having two representatives in Geneva and Zurich while Canada as a nation was the biggest winner with three cities on the list – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.

“Cities that were towards the top of our rankings before the pandemic have rebounded on the back of their stability, good infrastructure and services, as well as enjoyable leisure activities,” according to the index’s authors.

Most liveable cities in the world


  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 (Netherlands)
  10. Osaka (Japan) and Melbourne (Australia) – Tie

The worst cities to live in the world


The worst 10 cities in the rankings stayed almost the same for the 2022 edition. Damascus in Syria was deemed the least liveable city. It scored low in the stability, health care and infrastructure categories.

Lagos in Nigeria was ranked above Damascus, followed by Tripoli in Libya and Algiers in Algeria. War, conflict and terrorism are the reasons why these cities were ranked in the worst places to live in.

  1. Damascus (Syria)
  2. Lagos (Nigeria)
  3. Tripoli (Libya)
  4. Algiers (Algeria)
  5. Karachi (Pakistan)
  6. Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  7. Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  8. Harare (Zimbabwe)
  9. Douala (Cameroon)
  10. Tehran (Iran)
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