The banks of Lyon at nightfall.
The British weekly The Economist has released its annual international ranking of the most liveable cities. Lyon gains 12 places in one year and ranks 25th.
The major French and European cities are on the rise. In its 2022 ranking of the most pleasant cities to live in, the renowned British magazine The Economist gives good marks to the metropolises of the Old Continent.
Paris thus ranks 19th out of 172 listed cities and gains 23 ranks in one year. Lyon comes not far behind, rising to 25th place, a gain of 12 places compared to 2021 (37th). Conversely, many megalopolises in Asia and Oceania are in free fall due to the implementation of very strong local health restrictions in recent months to curb the Covid-19 epidemic in these countries.
“Cities in Western Europe and Canada dominate the top of the rankings. Daily life is almost back to normal in these cities thanks to the high vaccination rate against Covid and the easing of restrictions”analyzes The Economist in its explanatory note.
The “liveability” of cities, to use the term used by the British media, is judged on the basis of five main criteria: political stability, health, the environment (including the cultural offer), education and infrastructure.