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The happiness formula
Our latest issue of ‘The Forecast’ celebrates the elements of urban life that surpass the ordinary: from leaping headlong into a lake, getting a little competitive or bunking off work early, here are a few simple gratifying steps to keep you smiling. Enjoy.
The price of silver
Producers and retailers of luxury goods are waking up to the power of affluent seniors. We travel to Japan to meet the brands that are wise to the trend.
In praise of balconies
Look up as you stroll Zürich’s streets and you’ll see these outdoor living rooms everywhere. Monocle Films visited the city to outline this architectural feature and how it improves quality of life.
Munich: the best of everything
We take lessons in liveability from the winner of 2018’s Monocle Quality of Life survey. Join us for a tour of the Bavarian capital, where we cover everything from improved infrastructure to new clubs.
Monocle preview: July/August issue, 2018
The sun is shining and glasses are clinking so it must be time for our annual Quality of Life Survey. Once you've discovered (and debated) our rundown of the top 25 cities in the world, get the verdict on smart street furniture, making the perfect park and why you need a pair of Speedos. Dive in…
The German capital has become home to numerous new businesses and start-ups, attracting people from around the globe. And despite its complex past, it is an outpost of liberalism, possibility and ambition. How can other cities learn from Berlin’s successes – and the challenges it’s faced?
Brno: fully functional
The Czech Republic’s second city was central to European design before falling into a troubled 20th-century sleep. Revival came thanks to research investment but its future may lie in its design heritage.
We pull up a bar stool in Amsterdam at the inaugural Night Mayor Summit to hear from pioneering night watchmen and urban provocateurs in cities around the world.
Most liveable city, 2016: Tokyo
This city of 13 million nurtures a balance of hi-tech efficiency and traditional neighbourhood values – and it’s a combination that wins the Japanese capital the top spot for a second year running. Our film focuses on its nocturnal delights, from sunset sports to the public-transport system, restaurants to late-night shopping. (You can also buy our Tokyo travel guide, available now at the Monocle Shop.)
Top 25 cities, 2016
The ups and downs of our annual global ranking covering the world's most liveable cities – who's in and who's out?
Most liveable city: Tokyo
Marking the biggest shake-up in the survey’s nine-year history, Monocle’s 2015 Quality of Life survey awards Tokyo the number one city to call home. Rising from second place in 2014, the Japanese capital’s defining paradox – its heart-stopping size and concurrent feeling of peace and quiet – helped it claim the crown.
The Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015
This year sees the biggest shake-up of our annual Quality of Life list since it launched in 2007. We’ve added 22 new metrics and the new additions have led to some dramatic changes in the order of the top 25 cities. Old favourites have slipped down the list, while we also welcome back one entry. And we have a new number one. We hope, as in previous years, the list provokes a stimulating and lively debate.
What is quality of life?
How do we create cities that deliver quality of life for everyone? That can pull in global talent but also take care of locals? Places that are good for a fun night out and also running a new enterprise; that have culture and architecture on the right scale? These were the challenges at the heart of Monocle's Quality of Life Conference in Lisbon. This film shares the questions that we all need to answer.
Senior style in Japan – living the good life at 80
For many older people in Japan work isn’t just a way to keep busy but also a source of happiness and wellbeing. From a 71-year-old barber to a 100-year-old café owner, Monocle visits Japan’s elderly who are showing little sign of letting up.
Quality of Life Survey 2014
Finding the measure of a city is as much about the intangibles that light up a community as the infrastructure keeping it going. We've sized up where the balance is best with our annual top 25.