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Why start-ups thrive in Canada

18 December 2017

To celebrate this year's soft power survey winner, we visit an emerging roster of budding businesses in Montreal. Canada's innovations minister Navdeep Bains reveals how the country is capitalising on the US's restrictive…

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Soft Power Survey 2016/17

18 November 2016

In this year's Soft Power Survey we look at the hard truths of politics and how a tumultuous year has affected the softer sides of nations. Find out who’s in and who’s out as we count down to the winner.

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Power play

Monocle’s annual Soft Power Survey charts the strengths and weaknesses of national brands and the changing landscape of cultural influence. But how do the hard truths of politics affect nations’ softer sides? Read on to…

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Maple leaf empire

Canada, one of the best-loved nations in the world, exports more than just good will and maple syrup. From peacekeeping troops to submarines and lentils, this vast and varied country makes a mark in the unlikeliest of…

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How to make a nation

16 June 2016

From diplomacy to government, business to media, how do we create a vibrant nation? To coincide with the publication of [“How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide”](https://monocle.com/shop/books-and-music/books/how-to-make…

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Far and wide

Be it peacekeeping in the Solomon Islands, exporting TV shows to Germany or getting scientific at the South Pole, Australia’s worldwide reach is greater than you might think. We’ve been on a global tour to discover where…

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Bucking the trend

Expats, politics and culture: the eclectic range of subjects covered in our essays illustrates the nature of the country they concern. Read on to find out what makes Australia a harmonious land of contradictions.

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Soft Power Survey 2015/16

19 November 2015

While flexing military and economic muscle can yield the most dramatic changes, a nation’s soft power can achieve more worthwhile outcomes. Our sixth annual survey puts the spotlight on the nations that use their gentler…

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Building bridges

Monocle's annual Soft Power Survey puts the spotlight on the nations that use their gentler sides to gain influence. And this year's winner is...

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High fliers

With a careful eye for detail, Icelandair has helped tourism overtake fishing as Iceland’s key industry and promote the country as different and dynamic.

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Hot trot

Tango's international appeal is stronger than ever but to excel at Argentina's passionate dance, enthusiasts must be in possession of just one thing – the right pair of shoes.

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