The idea of moving abroad is always appealing, whether you want to live somewhere with a better quality of living or simply have an insatiable appetite for travel. But what’s the best way to choose a new city?
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index ranks the best places to live in the world each year. The index collects data on 172 cities across five different categories: Stability, Healthcare, Culture & Entertainment, Education, and Infrastructure.
In the 2023 report, almost all of the cities’ saw improved livability, with an average index score of 76.2 out of 100—a three-point jump compared to last year and the highest average in 15 years. The higher scores are due to the continued reduction of covid restrictions, as well as improvements in healthcare and education, culture and environment, and infrastructure projects. (The one notable decline was Kyiv, due to the ongoing Russian invasion there.)
So which cities are the most livable in 2023? The top 10 rankings are scattered across Western Europe, Oceania, Canada, and Japan. There were two European cities knocked out of the top 10 this year: Amsterdam and Frankfurt, which were replaced by two Australian cities. And once again, no US cities made the cut this year.
Counting down, here are the 10 best places to live in the world.
This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date.