Clockwise, from top left: road junction at Yamato-Saidaiji Station several hours after the assassination of Shinzo Abe; anti-government protests in Sri Lanka in front of the Presidential Secretariat; the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai volcano erupts, making it the most powerful volcanic eruption of the 21st century; the state funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; the 2022 FIFA World Cup is held in Qatar and is won by Argentina; the 2022 Winter Olympics are held in Beijing, China; protests in Almaty during a period of unrest in Kazakhstan; a Russian BMP-3 near Mariupol sits destroyed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Millennium: 3rd millennium
2022 by topic:
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Politics and government
ElectionsInternational leadersSovereign states
Sovereign state leadersTerritorial governors
Religious leaders
Science and technology
ArchaeologyBiotechnologyComputingPalaeontologyQuantum computing and communicationSenescence research – Space/Astronomy – SpaceflightSustainable energy research
Environment and environmental sciences
Birding/Ornithology – Climate changeWeather
AviationRail transportTransportation technology
American football – Association footballAthletics (sport) – Badminton – BaseballBasketballChessCombat sportsCricket – Cycling – Golf – Ice hockey – Rugby union – Swimming – Tennis – Volleyball
By place
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By international organization
European Union – United Nations
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2022 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar2022
Ab urbe condita2775
Armenian calendar1471
Assyrian calendar6772
Baháʼí calendar178–179
Balinese saka calendar1943–1944
Bengali calendar1429
Berber calendar2972
British Regnal year70 Eliz. 2 – 1 Cha. 3
Buddhist calendar2566
Burmese calendar1384
Byzantine calendar7530–7531
Chinese calendar辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
4718 or 4658
    — to —
壬寅年 (Water Tiger)
4719 or 4659
Coptic calendar1738–1739
Discordian calendar3188
Ethiopian calendar2014–2015
Hebrew calendar5782–5783
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2078–2079
 - Shaka Samvat1943–1944
 - Kali Yuga5122–5123
Holocene calendar12022
Igbo calendar1022–1023
Iranian calendar1400–1401
Islamic calendar1443–1444
Japanese calendarReiwa 4
Javanese calendar1955–1956
Juche calendar111
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4355
Minguo calendarROC 111
Nanakshahi calendar554
Thai solar calendar2565
Tibetan calendar阴金牛年
(female Iron-Ox)
2148 or 1767 or 995
    — to —
(male Water-Tiger)
2149 or 1768 or 996
Unix time1640995200 – 1672531199

2022 (MMXXII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2022nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 22nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2020s decade.

2022 saw the removal of nearly all COVID-19 restrictions and the reopening of international borders in most countries, and the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continued. The global economic recovery from the pandemic continued, though many countries experienced an ongoing inflation surge; in response, many central banks raised their interest rates to landmark levels. The world population reached eight billion people in 2022, though the year also witnessed numerous natural disasters, including two devastating Atlantic hurricanes (Fiona and Ian), and the most powerful volcano eruption of the century so far. The later part of the year also saw the first public release of ChatGPT by OpenAI starting an arms race in artificial intelligence which increased in intensity into 2023, as well as the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

2022 was also dominated by wars and armed conflicts. While escalations into the internal conflict in Myanmar and the Tigray War dominated the heightening of tensions within their regions and each caused over 10,000 deaths, 2022 was most notable for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II. The invasion caused the displacement of 15.7 million Ukrainians (8 million internally displaced persons and 7.7 million refugees), and led to international condemnations and sanctions and nuclear threats, the withdrawal of hundreds of companies from Russia, and the exclusion of Russia from major sporting events.















Nobel Prizes

Nobel medal
Category Recipient Country Rationale Source
Chemistry Carolyn Bertozzi United States United States for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry
Morten P. Meldal Denmark Denmark
Karl Barry Sharpless United States United States
Economics Ben Bernanke United States United States for research on banks and financial crises
Douglas Diamond United States United States
Philip H. Dybvig United States United States
Literature Annie Ernaux France France for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory
Peace Ales Bialiatski Belarus Belarus for their efforts in documenting war crimes, human rights abuses, and the abuse of power in their respective home countries
Memorial Russia Russia
Center for Civil Liberties Ukraine Ukraine
Physics Alain Aspect France France for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science
John Clauser United States United States
Anton Zeilinger Austria Austria
Physiology or Medicine Svante Pääbo Sweden Sweden for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution

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