The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index recently named Amsterdam one of the world’s top ten most liveable cities!
Is it touristy and annoying, or lovely and exciting? Amsterdam has numerous labels in the Netherlands, and ‘liveable’ is now officially one of them.
According to Bloomberg, Amsterdam is officially ranked ninth out of 173 participating cities this year. Best wishes!
Europe and Canada are at the top of the list.
As Amsterdam moves up to ninth place, it joins cities such as Geneva, Toronto, and Copenhagen. In general, the list shows that Europe and Canada are the top possibilities for going overseas in 2022 — with the inclusion of Osaka, Japan.
The top ten most habitable cities in the world
Without further ado, here is the whole list of the top ten most liveable cities in 2022 (and, yeah, 10th place has two winners, forget that):
- Vienna, Austria
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Calgary, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Toronto, Canada
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia
More than just having a good time
When the 173 cities were evaluated, various factors were considered, including health care, crime rates, political stability, infrastructure, and availability to green space.
It’s no secret that Amsterdam is a tourist attraction, but it’s also a fantastic location to live! While the ranking contains many unusual tourist locations, the EIU believes Amsterdam has the best of both worlds.
Many cities discovered that their placements had altered from prior years of coronavirus-dominated governance, as lockdowns and restrictions generally hampered people’s quality of life.
Not every change is beneficial.
Switzerland must be overjoyed right now, with two cities in the Top 10! Canada is one of the top winners this year, while Australia and New Zealand are noticeably absent.
You might be surprised to learn that Paris and London, two of the most popular European city trips, are not included. This trend is most likely related to Brexit in London and the considerable increase in living costs in France’s capital. Ouch!
Conflict is detrimental to the quality of life (duh)
Considering the broad criteria, it’s no surprise that conflict-torn countries fare poorly in the liveability rankings. The following are the worst five cities in this year’s ranking:
168. Karachi, Pakistan
169: Algiers, Algeria
170: Tripoli, Libya
171: Lagos, Nigeria
172: Damascus, Syria
A surprise outcome?
Despite the continual threats of being hit by angry bikers, falling into a canal after a few Heinekens, and being swallowed by the sea as sea levels rise, Amsterdam appears to be doing well this year.
Who is truly surprised? We all love to mock the city’s inhabitants for being conceited and terribly hipster-ish at the same time, but let’s face it: Amsterdam is really damn nice.