Paphos has earned the prestigious title of the most liveable small city globally, according to a recent report by Compare the Market AU.

The comprehensive report evaluated seven key factors: the number of restaurants, entertainment options, unemployment rate, number of rainy days, health index score, safety score, and overall cost of goods.

With an impressive score of 5.495 out of 7, Paphos secured the top spot. Arrecife in Spain and Trapani in Italy followed closely, rounding out the top three. Additionally, two Greek cities, Ioannina and Xanthi, made the global ranking, placing 22nd and 44th, respectively.

European cities dominated the rankings, with Grande Prairie in Canada being the only non-European city to enter the top ten, achieving a score of 4.295.

Stephen Zeller, General Manager of Compare the Market AU, highlighted the benefits of smaller cities, stating, “There are many advantages to living in smaller cities, such as a slower pace of life, easy access to nature, and cheaper housing.”

“Smaller cities tend to be more affordable simply because there is less demand for people moving there. Thus, not only are everyday items like coffee and dining out cheaper, but property tends to be more affordable as well,” Zeller added.