49

December 2011 / January 2012

Monocle issue 49 is our bumper double edition – our biggest yet.

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Isolated state

On a trip to the northern Swedish archipelago, with just a few essentials, Monocle discovers an island bolthole perfect for recharging depleted batteries.

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Ethics work

Germany’s economic status exceeds its place in the world power order. With a touching lack of marketing sophistication and sturdy business values, Europe’s powerhouse has achieved soft power almost by accident.

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A question of taste

Italians have never really believed in hard politics. They’ve always known that the root to real power is through a person’s stomach, and have acted accordingly, building up an enviable array of world class food and drink…

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All hail

The iconic London black cab is being adopted across the world, from Azerbaijan to Italy. It’s been painted purple and made into a high-class ride with wi-fi and a drinks cabinet, and it all started with The London Taxi…

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Expo 49: On the brink

The towns of Blagoveshchensk and Heihe are divided by a river – and the very different routes the Russian and Chinese economies are travelling along. And there’s no doubt which town people want to live in.

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Flying patients

Consumers are increasingly looking beyond their native borders for low-cost, quality healthcare – and if there’s a safari thrown into the package, all the better. Monocle looks at the global hotspots attracting patients…

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Observation

Our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé takes stock of a busy year that has culminated in us cranking up the dial on Monocle 24, and charts the months ahead. But in between there’s glühwein and stollen to be savoured

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Dream export

The burgeoning soft power of the nation that straddles the East-West divide is rooted in its flourishing drama production industry, capturing hearts and minds from Pakistan to South America. Just don’t call them soap operas…

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Business Briefing

Taking home-cooking to Singaporeans, tying the knot in Cyprus, making kangaroo-hide sneakers Down Under, and other business news and happenings.

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Tender is the might

Conceived of only 21 years ago, already most nations want a “soft power” strategy – a way of winning the world over without resorting to military-industrial might. Monocle has indexed the top 30 soft power nations, which…

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Creative futures

We’ve asked five artists, musicians and writers to tell us what they’ll be up to in the coming year and what will keep their creative juices flowing.

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High frequency

As we were putting this issue to bed, the studios of our new audio venture, Monocle 24, were moving into high gear. Broadcasting around the clock, Monocle 24 is a mix of discussion, news on the hour, happy tunes and a…

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XXI marks the spot

With no advertising, no marketing and limited online presence, the success of ‘XXI’ magazine has proven that readers do not need much persuasion to pay for beautifully presented, long-form journalism.

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New creations

The best new books, music, art and films to keep you thoughtful and delighted in the coming months.

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Clean break

A new robust approach to diplomatic relations marks a break with tradition for Canada. And many believe it has damaged the nation’s soft-power credentials.

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Fashion Briefing

A Swedish fisherman's raincoat, a made-in-England store opening, and an interview with the co-founder of online retailer Avenue 32.

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Travel Top 50 2011/12

Monocle's annual Travel Top 50 introduces you to the world's best hoteliers and the leading airlines, airport operators and chefs. The awards are based on the hundreds of journeys made by the Monocle team over the past 12…

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2012 forecast: urbanism

What'll happen to our cities in the coming year. Japan wil have more trees, Mumbai will have more high-rises and Portugal will get its first "smart city".

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Design/Architecture Briefing

Social housing in Paris, smart wrapping paper from Berlin, the perfect pairing of a new chair and a classic lamp, and a confession from our design editor on his secret love of tinsel.

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