State of the nation
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Belgium: state of the nation
With its liberal and energetic approach to diplomacy, and a growing influence in art and sport, Belgium has plenty to offer on the world stage.
Canada: state of the nation
From a thriving economy to potent soft-power credentials, we unpack what keeps Canada on the up.
Lebanon: state of the nation
With a cosmopolitan capital, picturesque countryside and improving – albeit fluctuating – security, Lebanon is on the up.
Netherlands: state of the nation
In our animated series we assess how the Dutch are performing on the world stage as well as at home.
Russia: state of the nation
The soft power of the world’s largest country has taken a hit of late. We look at Russia’s ups and downs in our animated nation survey.
The Monocle guide to Tokyo
Tokyo is an ever-changing city that never ceases to surprise. The capital is filled with a dazzling mix of old and new, tradition and innovation in everything from food to architecture and art to fashion. Let us show you around.
How you give a gift matters (almost) as much as what’s inside. A carefully cocooned present shows that you care about the recipient and understand that the ritual of wrapping matters. Here are a few ideas about how to effortlessly present even the most oddly shaped treats.
The future of Japanese craftsmanship
We shed some light on intrepid entrepreneurs, craftsmen and designers who are committed to saving traditional Japanese crafts by reinventing them to be used in a modern context. Join us on a tour of this breathtaking country from bustling Tokyo to remote regions.
The art of hosting
As part of our partnership with LG SIGNATURE, we speak to five experts about what it takes to become the consummate host in five steps – including curating the perfect guest list, creating a welcoming environment and offering an exquisite food and drinks menu.
Monocle travel guides
Join us for a filmic tour of the cities that make up our latest book releases. From Singapore’s retail to Honolulu’s architecture and design, the club scene of Berlin to the hushed backstreets of Kyoto, we uncover the lesser-known gems in the cities we love.
We take stock of inspiring retailers around the globe who haven’t given up good old bricks and mortar. We sniff pristine stationery, savour delicate tea, touch the finest clothes and explore neighbourhoods where quality retail has brought a new lease of life.
Whether you want to perfect a skill or just power up your imagination, our ‘Secret to...’ series features a line-up of episodes to keep you inspired. From buying a painting and throwing a dinner party to running a restaurant and opening a bike shop, here’s how we like to see things done.