Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto among the most liveable cities in the world
This year’s edition of EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking found that European and Canadian cities dominate the top ten. Vienna is the most liveable city in the world, with Copenhagen, Calgary, Zurich and Vancouver rounding out the top five. “In general, mid-sized cities in the wealthiest countries tend to fare exceptionally well in the survey,” said The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The top ten cities are also among those with few covid restrictions, noted EIU. Shops, restaurants and museums have reopened, and pandemic-led hospitalization has declined. This has led to less stress on healthcare resources and services. Even the requirement to wear masks is no longer in force in some of these cities.
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Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto in the top 10
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All three Canadian cities in the top got a perfect score in healthcare and education. It is important to note that the Public healthcare system takes care of the vast majority of the medical needs of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Also, the three Canadian cities are home to universities ranked among the top in the world.
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Liveability is at risk over the next year
EIU noted that the war in Ukraine and covid restrictions will continue to affect cities’ liveability over the next year.
Our core assumption is that a new variant will cause a global wave of cases later this year, but that it will not be more aggressive than Delta or prove resistant to current vaccines (…) Those with low vaccination rates and a poor social safety net, particularly cities in Africa, are more likely to live with rising caseloads and the resulting disruption. Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine will continue to be a threat to security throughout the next year at least.Source: EIU
The EIU also considers that even without escalation, the conflict will continue to fuel global inflation and
dampen economic growth.
Higher global commodity prices, particularly for energy and food, will weigh on liveability in many cities over the coming months and could spark conflict in some. Even where stability is not threatened, the cost-of-living crisis will dampen investment in infrastructure, healthcare and education, as well as the consumer spending that supports cultural life.Source: EIU
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