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Canada has 3 of the world’s most liveable cities in 2022 – National

Canada has 3 of the world’s most liveable cities in 2022 – National

Toronto and Vancouver might hog the spotlight when it comes to well-known Canadian cities, but it turns out Calgary is the best place to live – at least this year.

The annual ranking of the world’s most liveable cities has been released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and 2022’s Global Liveability Index, and Canada was the biggest winner, with its three largest cities nabbing a spot in the top 10.

Cowtown, as it’s affectionately known, grabs not only the honour of being the top-ranked Canadian city on the list, but also comes in at #3, worldwide.


An undated photo of Calgary’s skyline with fireworks.


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The ranking rates 172 cities around the world on over 30 factors, including access to healthcare, amount of green space, cultural and sports activities, crime rates and infrastructure.

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“The concept of liveability is simple: It assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions,” the Economist report states. A score of 1 is “intolerable,” according to the EIU, while 100 is “ideal.”

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Each year the list typically has many North America and western European cities claim top honours, and this year is no exception. Vienna, Austria claimed the top spot, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark. Zurich, Switzerland and Calgary tied for third spot. Vancouver followed just behind, claiming the fifth position.


Apartment buildings in downtown Vancouver, on the north shore of False Creek, Vancouver, B.C.


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However, factors like war, unrest, and the ability to cope with COVID played into the rankings, meaning…

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