While countries the world over try and win friends and influence people with their national cuisine, musical talent or high-quality schools, there’s something that everyone seems to have forgotten. Our editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé asks why nations aren’t building their brands around the concept of excellent service.
As part of our exploration of dynasties, Monocle meets two families who have built cultural powerhouses up from the ground: the Bonniers’ huge Swedish media machine, and the Glimchers’ art gallery empire.
On a map in the mind’s eye, Spain would be a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours while Poland would be various shades of grey. Brand pioneer Wally Olins gives an insight into how nation branding works and why every country…
The nine-to-five grind and the daily schlep into our places of work is a routine we love to hate. But the truth is that we’re all secretly rather attached to our offices. And not necessarily for work-related reasons.
Finland’s icebreakers are crucial for keeping the Baltic Sea navigable and its ports open. Captain Tommy Berg is at the helm of the MSV Fennica. He says keeping the ship on the right course is ultimately a team effort.
Until now, African airlines have been known for their limited routes and terrible safety record. The continent has also lacked a hub. But Titus Naikuni, the visionary CEO of Kenya Airways, is revolutionising the skies.
Film producer Sisse Graum Jørgensen exemplifies the hard graft that goes into
getting films onto the big screen in a timely and cost-effective fashion. She tells Monocle about winning an Oscar, shunning Hollywood and…
Alexander Lebedev, former politician and owner of the UK’s ‘Independent’ and Russian opposition title ‘Novaya Gazeta’, is not your average oligarch. Here, he tells us why his management style is definitely hands-off.
Shopping malls in São Paulo are a cut above, with champagne bars, inhouse tailors and attentive service. Being a shop assistant can be a lucrative career and all this is because of Brazil’s new wealth. Monocle investigates…
With corporate brands more powerful than country brands, there’s a lot of work out there for agencies keen to rethink a nation’s identity. Over the next 40-plus pages *Monocle* looks at the construct of countries.