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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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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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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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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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Americas Briefing

Swapping rum for wine in the Dominican Republic, bidding for the Olympics in Anchorage and going long-haul with Alaska'a senator.

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Growing glory

Reopening this month after a lengthy renovation project, the Queens Museum of Art will feature its boldest and riskiest line-up since the 1990s. Plus some table tennis tournaments.

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Asia Briefing

"Resource diplomacy" in Japan, getting Mao for your money in China and why Singapore is looking north.

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Media Briefing

A look at media up north, including the Arctic Journal and Swedish art magazine Artlover.

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Cold feat

Building in an environment where temperatures drop to minus 30C is no easy thing. But in Svalbard, where the unique developments vary from the tent-like science centre to the charming multicoloured ‘spisshus’ houses,…

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Diplomacy Briefing

An interview with Afghanistan's representatives to the UN, a report on British diplomacy in Latin America and why ties are growing between Chile and Finland.

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Fashion Briefing

Knits, hats, gloves, backpacks — everything you need for an Arctic winter, plus retailers and labels to watch

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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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