2020

January

Monocle’s look at the year ahead has landed. The Forecast takes the less-trodden path to find out what we can learn from the least lonely nation (Denmark) and the biggest English-language paper (in India). It also profiles the lively small cities we would happily call home (Boulder, Colorado, anyone?). Expect attire aplenty for the year to come and insights on the changing role of talent agents (they’re more important than ever), the buoyant fate of ‘bouillons’ in Paris and how Budapest became a bastion for the film industry. That and more besides are in Monocle’s fetching and forward-facing annual, available at monocle.com and on newsstands now.

The Forecast 2020
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Riding the waves

Cleaning up Krakow, preserving the skills of Portuguese artisans and naming the president of Switzerland: the year ahead is set to be full of challenges. We meet the people who are finding solutions to the problems on their…

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Moving capitals

The country will soon have a new capital if the president’s ambitious (some say unlikely) plan comes to fruition. While there’s an argument for leaving Jakarta, would a new seat of government be an improvement?

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In it together

In these digital times, loneliness – where it comes from and how to solve it – is a key issue for countries. Denmark, the world’s most enthusiastic participant in clubs and societies, may have the answer.

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Thought leaders

We explore the 2020 agenda for three globally focused think-tanks, from tackling alternative facts in the US through consensus and compromise to pushing the bigger picture in India – plus the future of Europe.

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The big news

Covering everything from entertainment and spirituality to politics and crime across a staggering 56 daily editions, the ‘Times of India’ is the most widely circulated English language newspaper in the world. Read all about…

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Small packages

Looking to escape the metropolis to downsize? Our global network of correspondents have come up with a definitive list of the world’s best small cities, which provide the right balance between opportunities for rich cult…

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Outside the box

It may now be standard to refuse a plastic bag at the supermarket, but with e-commerce on the rise, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems caused by the disposable packaging industry. We meet the…

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Greece is the word

After suffering an exodus of young talent in the decade following the debt crisis, Greece’s slowly improving economy is luring those expats home, armed with the education and determination to lead the country’s revival.

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The real thing

Other trade shows might be more glamorous but Expo Real is where Europe’s biggest and most significant deals are cut. We head to Bavaria to peer through the windows of real-estate’s future.

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Roll up, roll up!

The planet is getting warmer and urban residents as far north as Sweden are feeling the effects. Don’t sweat it: rather than reaching for the air-conditioning, try throwing some shade.

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Talk to my agent

In an age where self-promotion is the norm and many look for a direct way to success through social media, there’s still immense value in having a person on your side who knows how to navigate the industry. We speak to four…

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High fidelity

As venues for audiophiles take off in global cities, with a heavy nod to the jazz-kissa of Tokyo, we explore three places where vinyl collections are played on some of the world’s best analogue equipment – with strong…

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Calling the shots

Its émigrés helped to shape the global film industry and now the country itself is becoming a cinema and TV production hub. So how is Hungary earning its starring role as the Hollywood of Europe?

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Let’s make it a good one

A new year is the time for bringing out your best stationery and writing a list. Ours is a rundown of things that are set to make life better in the coming year, whether it’s a clever new business or a cultural opening, a…

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Open book

The Finnish capital’s new public library was the result of an anonymous open competition. As other cities look for a less ‘starchitect’ future, it shows what can be achieved with a little democracy.

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Back to the future

Our modern cities have ever-evolving needs. But sometimes putting a new spin on an old idea might just fit the bill, whether the aim is to tackle climate change or simply entertain.

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Different class

Recognising the impact that a school’s design can have on a child’s education, Swiss architects are leading the field in creating more accommodating institutions. We visit three that make the grade.

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Talking threads

It’s an industry where there’s always plenty to talk about. We brought together a fashion designer, a PR guru and a menswear buyer to discuss what direction it’s going in – and the challenges it faces.

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Taking stock

E-commerce has had a transformative effect on city centres but now the booming demand for warehouses to speed-up last-mile deliveries is set to bring another round of dramatic change to our urban landscape.

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We're sold

With the right ingredients, physical shops can not only survive but thrive in today’s climate. The retailers on these pages show what you can do with a little imagination, an eye for quality and a genuine desire to look…

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Strike a pose

Feeling confident? Good: 2020 is the year to be bold, put yourself out there and get noticed. And where better to start than with your wardrobe? These are the looks that will help you stand out from the crowd all year.

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C’est chic

Overlooked for decades as French diners sought ever more outlandish haute cuisine, ‘bouillons’ are enjoying a revival. So what is so special about these bustling restaurants that serve simple homely food? We pull up a chair…

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