With Covid-19 fast becoming a fading memory in much of the world, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index 2022 is looking a lot like it did in the pre-pandemic days. The index takes into account more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors spanning five broad categories: stability (25%), healthcare (20%), culture and environment (25%), education (10%), and infrastructure (20%). Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable.

According to Global Liveability Index 2022 , Austria’s capital city Vienna has made a comeback on the top of the list.Denmark’s capital Copenhagen and Switzerland’s Zurich came in second and third place respectively. Another city in Switzerland, Geneva, was in sixth place. Languishing at the bottom of 173 cities are Tripoli in Libya, the Nigerian city of Lagos and Syria’s Damascus.

Among the biggest movers in the opposite direction were London, which rose 27 places to take 33rd position, and Los Angeles, up 18 places to 37th place. The report noted that China had not yet benefited from the lifting of Covid restrictions with outbreaks of the virus leading to strict lockdowns, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine meant Kyiv was excluded from the list. Meanwhile, Kyiv was not analyzed this year due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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