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Reportage 1. Portugal's periscope

Trish Lorenz reporting from Portugal: The Portuguese navy is one of the oldest in the world, with a history that ebbs and flows back to the 12th century. As the tides have changed so have its responsibilities, with clever…

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Global gathering

Before you take a closer look at the make-up of our tenth annual Quality of Life Survey, examine the final rankings (and, of course, let us know if you dispute them).

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Top 25 liveable cities

In this year’s Quality of Life survey we’ve gone beyond the sun to assess cities not just by their daytime attributes but by their nightly traits too. Read on to get the measure of our nocturnal metrics and find out where…

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Dark arts

It’s all very well claiming to be a city that never sleeps but does that actually result in wide-awake venues and services that those burning the midnight oil can access? We visit London, Sydney and Buenos Aires to find out…

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Fly by night

Monocle mascot Monochan is the ultimate night owl. Join him as he flies around the world to bring us wisdoms garnered from a life in the skies, from developing night-time infrastructure to tips on the best bars. It’ll be…

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Grand plans

Whether hosting the Olympics or overhauling a public-transport system, running a city is a daunting task. So who would take it on? We meet seven mayors willing to bear the weight of a city upon their shoulders.

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Europe briefing

The German city that is a favourite among twilight types and how e-bikes will help to ease traffic in Belgium.

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Asia briefing

Learn a few moves from China’s “dancing grannies” and find out how the volume is being turned down on Hong Kong’s tramcars.

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Oceania briefing

How the Gold Coast is preparing for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Plus: Tasmania’s tourism boom.

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Willing and able

Volunteers can have an incredibly positive impact on their communities, as well as helping to keep their fellow citizens out of harm’s way. We meet the firefighters in Tokyo, coastguards in Stockholm and medical emergency…

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Up all night

In this, our big summer issue, we refute the doomsayers edging us ever closer to some unspoken after-dark curfew and open up a conversation about the distinct benefits to be enjoyed by those neighbourhoods that aren’t…

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✕5 Essays

Our wise contributors unravel the riddles at the heart of our cities: what makes them tick, how they can work better and what nocturnal joys lie within.

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Grass is greener

Portugal’s capital is not known as a green city but a bold redevelopment is turning former wastelands into spectacular parks with cycle lanes. We speak to the city’s ambitious environment and energy councillor about his…

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Making a splash

The sea is full of surprises, inspiring maritime nations, nautical architecture, shipping families and more. In this issue we celebrate everything the world’s waters have to offer – and one of us had to prise himself away…

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School of Foreign Service

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service is where the world’s top dogs learn their tricks. With leading academics and powerful policy-makers, the institution – and its students – is nothing if not ambitious.

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Defence briefing

Why one of the biggest fights for Italy’s defence minister is her own standing – and some naval natter.

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Asia briefing

Taiwanese roll the dice, Japan’s youth head for the ballot box and Hong Kongers hop in a dragon boat.

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