October 2012

From Brazil to Mozambique and the Azores to Luanda, we take you on a tour of the Portuguese-speaking world – its people, policies, brands and opportunities.

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Talk it out

The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries is made up of eight countries spanning four continents, sharing only that common tongue. Monocle paid a visit to find out if they are all singing from the same hymn sheet.


Glued to the screen

Evolving news coverage, new lifestyle shows and perennially popular soaps; it’s impossible to take your eyes off the Portuguese-language television that’s emanating from Brazil and taking the world by storm. Do not adjust…



As Monocle warms up for a health and better living issue, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé reflects on which Lusophone nations are running ahead of the pack.


Asia Briefing

Protecting Yangon's architecture, tackling illegal mining in Goa, and understanding seismic activity in Taiwan.


Look back in wonder

The white-topped marquees that dot Regent’s park during the Frieze Art Fair have become a fixture of autumnal London. The fair has built an unrivaled reputation for attracting the world’s most exciting mix of industry…


Dressed to impress

As this issue hits news-stands, the UN General Assembly will be sitting for its 67th session. For those diplomats unsure of how to cut a dash, our fashion editor offers some tips…


Q&A Antonio Patriota

Monocle sits down with Brazil’s foreign minister Antonio Patriota in London to ask what he’s doing to take his country’s brand beyond its image of sun and soccer.


Americas Briefing

The view from the campaign trail, the sartorial style of Uruguay's president, plus Brazilian coffee, Chilean traffic and Canadian education.


A legacy of love

The old master still teaching his would-be successors new tricks, Álvaro Siza is as dedicated to architecture now as when he started his practice 60 years ago. Optimistic despite his country’s predicament, his focus is set…

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