68

November 2013

The race to the top of the world — who's turning up the heat and why? Kiruna to Nuuk, Skagway to Santa's village (it's in Finland you know): our editors don their goose-down for a special Arctic Report. Bundle up.

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Open season

Monocle meets the foreign investors and returning natives making the most of a budding business market in Yangon, Asia’s new rising trade magnet.

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Planting the seeds

Royal Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest companies and Flora Danica porcelain is its flagship product. Handpainting the delicate dinner set is an art that takes years of intensive training. We meet the master and her…

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In from the cold

The Arctic Circle is fast becoming a focal point for business, global energy needs and a few ambitious diplomats too. Monocle finds out why its people are feeling on top of the world.

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Observation

As the Monocle team takes to the road again, thoughts are turning to new projects for the year ahead, writes Tyler Brûlé.

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Flying in style

Gander International Airport in Canada was once the largest and most stylish airport in the world, where locals mingled with celebrities. Today it faces a battle to hold on to its glamorous reputation – and its passenger…

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Shock and ore

What lies beneath the surface of Greenland could bring enormous wealth to the island. But it threatens both the traditional way of life and the centuries-old link to Denmark.

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Defence Briefing

As parts of the Arctic become increasingly ice-free and its role as a valuable commodity is realised, questions of ownership are spurring a bigger military presence in the region. But the ‘Arctic Five’ insist any competi…

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The eagle rebranded

Albania’s new prime minister has a daunting job on his hands. With unemployment levels at 12.8 per cent and corruption rife, the nation is ready for change – and the somewhat eccentric Edi Rama is ready to step up.

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Go with the ice flow

There was a time when a trip to the chilly climes of the north promised frostbite and, potentially, mortal peril. Now you can land at a refurbished airport, check into a boutique hotel and sightsee in a hot-air balloon.

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Present company

For someone who’s soon going to be delivering billions of presents, travelling more than 175 million miles and eating around two billion mince pies – all in one night – Santa Claus looks in great shape when Monocle meets…

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Effective cold relief

Passengers are merely one part of the equation for this Arctic airline: connecting isolated communities and ferrying food and fuel are just as high on the agenda.

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Finn blue line

Icebreaking is in the DNA of Finns, whose shipping heritage and expertise put it in good stead to face the changes ahead, from foreign competition to climate change and a race for the Arctic’s resources.

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Super Swedes

Stockholm used to be a conservative culinary destination, filled with fancy restaurants and overcomplicated cuisine. That was until locals in need of a more laidback atmosphere raised their voices (and cutlery) clamoring…

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The north lives here

The intrepid team at Canadian radio and TV service CBC North report on everything from whale hunting to minus 40C weather conditions. Monocle braves the harsh terrain to meet them at their headquarters in Yellowknife.

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Expo 68: Life at sea

Alaska’s 50-year-old, state-run ferry system is not a profit-maker. But for the people who use it, it is as important as the police or fire service. Monocle climbs aboard.

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High art

From music to radio dramas to art exhibitions, the nations of the North are exploring their own cultural identities while making the world sit up and take notice. Monocle takes a look at what some of them have to offer.

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High summit

The Arctic Council has a somewhat informal approach to politics, but the challenges it faces are very real. Monocle joins a meeting and asks two foreign ministers how they balance economic and environmental interests.

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