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April 2007

All Eyes North: Why Norway is keeping watch on its reserves, resources and Russia. Monocle reports on the ups and downs of being on top of the world.

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Dane and Deluca

Emmerys is the kind of food “chain” that we would like to see in every country. Run by Per Brun, each outlet is individual, each product high-quality. It is a unique Nordic mix of chic 7-11 meets Dean & Deluca. Yet its…

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La colonia roma

La Roma neighbourhood in Mexico City offers foreign buyers a cosmopolitan spot in the sun at reasonable prices. We show you how to make the move.

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Blue-Sky thinking

India’s economic boom has taken flight. Air traffic volumes are increasing exponentially – as is the pressure to service five million new passengers a year. That’s why KS Kohli and his Frankfinn training schools are making…

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My last meal: Riccardo Illy

Riccardo Illy is president of both Illy, his family’s coffee-making company, and the Assembly of European Regions, created in 1985 to give voice to the continent’s provinces and generate a forum for mutual cultural insight…

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Novel Concept

Downloadable novels, written to be read on mobile phones, are the most remarkable success story in Japanese publishing. The fledgling industry is already worth ¥9 billion (€57m) a year – while sales of traditional books are…

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Observation Issue 02

If you could uproot your business and personal life, where would you go? Have you already started renovating the flat you bought in Genoa (as suggested in issue one) and started looking for office space in Monaco? Does a…

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Golden girls

To counter dipping audience figures and falling advertising revenues, TV news increasingly offers a diet of soft stories, banal banter and Identikit blondes. Who is to blame, a public unwilling to engage with global affairs…

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G-Force

When it first started rolling into suburban garages and pulling up on gravel country driveways, the term SUV was unknown to fans of the G-Wagen. Twenty-eight years after its launch, the boxy, rugged classic from Austria is…

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Frozen Assets

The world’s third biggest oil producer is also blessed with vast reserves of gas, fresh water and fish. Norway is Europe’s Saudi Arabia: a country so wealthy that despite having a population of just 4.5 million, it is a…

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Dream Team

Newspaper readers love fantasy football, but what about fantasy broadcasting? If money were no object, what would a new, world-beating Scandinavian media organisation look like, who would work for it, what kind of equipment…

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G-force

When it first started rolling into suburban garages and pulling up on gravel country driveways, the term SUV was unknown to fans of the G-Wagen. Twenty-eight years after its launch, the boxy, rugged classic from Austria is…

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Europe Briefing

Swedes take aim at the wolf, Boyko wonder in the Balkans and feeling the heat in Germany. Plus, Letter from Samara, Russia's new boom city.

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Drawn together

The artists, animators and graphic designers Olivier Kuntzel and Florence Deygas met in 1988. Although both are artists in their own right, they collaborate on almost all their projects. They formed their production company…

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High on Drugs

Pharmaceuticals giants Roche and Novartis are both based in Basel, where they turn in billion- euro profits every year. But now their hard-fought commercial struggle is being matched by an architectural rivalry that will…

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Banana Republic

Ecuador used to be a loyal ally of the US, but now its new president Rafael Correa is cutting a very different course and even looking to Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez for political guidance. *Monocle* travelled there to meet the…

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Naked ambition

Politician Albert Rivera believes that Catalan nationalism has gone too far and now threatens to isolate the miracle region fuelled by Barcelona. Crushed by Franco, Catalonia regained partial autonomy in 1979. Last year its…

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