The report, which is published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EUI) each year, compares 173 of the world’s cities across a range of different metrics such as stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure. This year’s top 10 is dominated by Europe, however, Osaka and Melbourne take joint 10th place.
Vienna made a strong comeback to scoop the 2022 top spot, having slipped to 12th in the index in 2021 as a result of its museums and restaurants being closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. But the Austrian capital is no stranger to the top spot, having already claimed it in 2018 and 2019 as well.
The index says stability and good infrastructure are the city’s main selling points, however, Vienna received excellent scores across the board. The EUI also reports that the global average livability score is improving across the board, although it’s yet to hit the same levels as pre-pandemic.
‘In Vienna they call it Lebenskunst – the art of living well – and now that restaurants and museums in the Austrian capital have reopened, it is once again the perfect place to practise the art,’ writes the Economist.