One of the main reasons I’ve become a huge fan of Monocle magazine and still buy the print versions: its annual Quality of Life survey.
This year, Copenhagen is chosen as the most liveable city. “Copenhagen’s decision to gear its city planning towards cyclists and pedestrians has resulted in cleaner air and reduced congestion, and has helped to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents.”
“And the C-word?” Monocle continues, “It’s as if the dreaded virus never happened. Copenhagen’s residents reverted to normality without a fuss, which reflects the sense of collective responsibility and togetherness that the city has fostered.”
While Lisbon ranked no. 3. “The Portuguese capital knows how to welcome newcomers: there’s nice weather, the airport serves an ever-increasing number of international destinations and there’s a sense of community that’s attracting people, businesses and opportunities. Couple that with comparatively low levels of pollution. The city plans to slash its carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and a third of the mayoral budget has been dedicated to making this lofty rhetoric a reality.”
No. 7 is Vienna. “About one in four houses is still owned by the municipality, making Vienna one of Europe’s biggest landlords and living here affordable. Costs are rising but from a low base.”
Sydney no. 8. “The year-round sun, energy and a thriving cultural scene still make the Harbour City an attractive place to live.” The last time I was in Sydney, was in Feb 2020 to watch Aldous Harding.
Melbourne? 19. “It’s the growing hub of creativity.” Personally, I admire the super dynamic music scene there. Plus, my love for Melbourne got stronger after I discovered that the Victoria capital has its own whiskey distillery, Starward—the whiskey is so delicious, too!
Vive le Monocle!
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Featured image: Tokyo, no. 6; via Live Japan. Other pics via Monocle, unless stated.