2022, in 7 minutes

In 2022, the world’s population surpassed 8 billion people, and we have felt the scale of this monumental milestone in hundreds of ways. After more than two years of lockdowns and quarantines, people have eagerly restarted their lives, but there were definitely growing pains. Weddings and travel have skyrocketed, but so have lost baggage and global inflation rates. Taylor Swift broke Ticketmaster. The cryptocurrency was headed for a big year until it came along truly, truly it wasn’t. 2022 has tested the world’s population as we have tested life in a new phase of the pandemic.

Russia invaded Ukraine and humanitarian aid poured into the war-torn country. Refugees have been welcomed in surrounding countries, and those who have remained have inspired people around the world. Global protests screamed justice in Iran. Football teams defended migrant workers and the LGBTQ+ community at the World Cup. Cuba legalized same-sex marriage. The world froze for a moment when England’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died. And we all watched a lot of TikTok.

As we head into 2023, take a moment to look back on the events that defined the year.

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