Vienna regains first place in the ranking of the most pleasant cities in the world, as in 2018 and 2019, according to a ranking published Thursday by the “Economist Intelligence Unit”, the research and analysis unit affiliated with the English weekly. The Economist.
The Austrian capital, placed for the third time at the top, succeeds the New Zealand city of Auckland, which lost 33 places due to the extension of sanitary confinements. Experts rewarded Vienna’s stability, its educational and medical offer as well as the quality of its infrastructures with the maximum score of 100 out of 100. The cultural and environmental factors are almost ideal there.
Zurich ranks 3rd, Geneva 6th. They have improved their result compared to last year. They occupied the 7th and 8th ranks respectively.
A ranking dominated by Europe
Europe largely dominates the top 10 with six cities, including Copenhagen and Zurich, which complete the podium behind Vienna, and Geneva (6th). Canada is well represented with three cities: Calgary (3rd tied), Vancouver (5th) and Toronto (8th).
Paris appears in 19th place, 23 places higher than in 2021. The Belgian capital Brussels appears in 24th place, just behind Montreal (23rd). London finished 33rd while Barcelona, reputed to be very lively, finished 35th, eight places ahead of Madrid (43rd). Elsewhere in the world, Milan ranks 49th, New York 51st and Beijing 71st.
Decline of Eastern European cities
To be part of this panel, the city must be considered as a “business destination”, ie an economic and financial center, or be requested by customers. Beirut, seriously affected by the explosion of a port in 2020 and capital of a Lebanon in the grip of strong political instability, does not appear there. The authors indicate that kyiv had to be excluded from the report in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, Moscow (80th) tumbles fifteen places.
“Eastern European cities have fallen in the rankings due to increased geopolitical risks” and “the cost of living crisis, including soaring energy and food prices” , explained the head of the report to the EIU Upasana Dutt.
New indicators such as health restrictions had been introduced in the 2021 index, to assess the effects of the pandemic. The average quality of life has thus rebounded in 2022, but remains below the pre-Covid level. Damascus remains the least welcoming city in the world.