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Copenhagen Tops Monocle's Quality of Life Index

13.06.2014  16:19

For the second year in a row, Copenhagen has claimed the number-one spot in Monocle’s 2014 Quality of Life Survey. This makes the Danish capital the first three-time winner of the report which ranks the 25 most liveable cities in the world.

The Danish capital defends its top rank thanks to an unbeatable combination of culture, tolerance, snappy public transport, sun appreciation, green space, global connectivity and clever architecture.

Filling out the rest of the top three after Copenhagen, Tokyo has risen to second place and Melbourne has slipped to third. Vancouver is the highest ranked city in the Americas at 15 and Berlin is the highest riser over all, moving six places to 14.

Director of Invest in Denmark, Susanne Hyldelund, appreciates the new ranking:
“A ranking as the most liveable city in the world for Copenhagen underlines that Denmark is not only a good place to do business – here you get the full package. We know that quality of life is an important element when companies and skilled employees choose their next location, and I hope that this new survey will result in increased interest in establishing a presence in Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark.”

The 2014 survey continues to use the same unique Quality of Life metrics for which it has become famous. These include crime, healthcare, state-funded education and business climate, combined with a unique Monocle “liveability assessment”. This takes into account factors including the amount of green space, commitment to culture, hours of sunshine, electric car-charging points, the ease of starting a new business and a high-street chain test that values the independents over the franchises. This year’s survey has also added one new major metric “Libertarian paradise or stickler for rules?” with the aim of appreciating the intangibles that light up a community alongside the infrastructure that keeps it going.

Top 10 in 2014 (2013 results):
1 Copenhagen (1)
2 Tokyo (4)
3 Melbourne (2)
4 Stockholm (7)
5 Helsinki (3)
6 Vienna (5)
7 Zürich (6)
8 Munich (8)
9 Kyoto (13)
10 Fukuoka (12)

About Monocle’s Quality of Life Index:

Monocle’s Quality of Life index goes beyond the basic economic and social aspects of a city, identifying often overlooked factors that can bring happiness and ease to everyday life. Elements such as a well-tended bar, shopping hours and access to green space make it the only quality of life survey of its kind. Monocle rankings are prescriptive in that they don’t just collect data but also suggest what each city needs to do to grow or maintain their rankings.