In the July/August issue of the global lifestyle magazine Monocle, Copenhagen was once again proclaimed the world's most liveable city in Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey. That makes Copenhagen the first three-time winner ever.
Copenhagen defends its top rank thanks to a unique combination of culture, tolerance, well functioning public transport, sun appreciation, green spaces, global connectivity and clever architecture.
Monocle stresses that Copenhagen is the city “that has the ability to change depending on what you need”.
According to editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, Copenhagen also has a geographical advantage over its Nordic competitors: "There is something about Copenhagen. It is just that little bit further south and it is just a little bit looser around the edges. There is a little bit more license to do things maybe on your own terms.”
As an addition in this year’s survey, Monocle also looked at each city’s balance between control and freedom. For example, if people are allowed to drink a beer in the park, or if major street parties are permitted. Copenhagen ticked both boxes: “Copenhagen is always trying new things, but at the same time it is also very respectful of its traditions, it doesn’t just tear down old buildings, it thinks about the way it does redevelopment,“ commented Steve Bloomfield, Monocle’s foreign editor.
Since 2007, Monocle has published an annual list of the top 25 most liveable cities and Copenhagen has been ranked number one in 2008, 2013 and again in 2014. Between 2008 and 2013, Copenhagen was placed as number three.
In addition, according to the 2014 Global Peace Index, Denmark is one of the top three most peaceful countries in the world.