The 2022 Global Liveability Index is out and three major Canadian cities made it to the top 10 list.
Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto were all ranked amongst the top 10 most liveable cities in the world in 2022 — making Canada the only country to have three cities among the much-coveted positions!
The Global Liveability Index assesses 172 cities around the globe and looks into which of them provide the best and worst living conditions.
Scores are broken down into five categories: Stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
And clearly, Canada is doing something right.
The Canadian city that ranked the highest was Calgary, which shares third place with Zurich, Switzerland.
It's a big move up for the city which was 18th a year ago.
And, let's just say we're not surprised. Apart from meeting all the criteria, this city is just so ... pretty!
From natural beauty to patios to gorgeous architecture, it has it all!
Meanwhile, Vancouver was ranked fifth.
Again, this stunning city deserves all the titles it gets.
Finally, Toronto took the eighth position.
All in all, these results are a huge jump from 2021, when no Canadian cities made it onto the Global Liveability Index at all.
The survey saw Vienna, Austria, take the top position, just as it did in 2019 and 2018. Austria was followed by runner-up Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other cities to make the list include Geneva, Switzerland; Frankfurt, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Osaka, Japan; and Melbourne, Australia.
While the last two years' rankings have been driven partly by the pandemic, this year, the survey took on a more positive outlook.
"Amid the gradual— and ongoing—shift in the status of covid-19 from pandemic to endemic and a rise in global vaccination rates, the global average liveability score has rebounded," it notes.
However, factors like Russia's invasion of Ukraine are "a new threat."