For the second year in a row, Copenhagen has claimed the number-one spot in Monocle Magazine’s 2014 Quality of Life Survey. This makes the Danish capital the first three-time winner of the report which ranks the 25 most liveable cities in the world.
The Danish capital defends its top rank thanks to an unbeatable combination of culture, tolerance, snappy public transport, sun appreciation, green space, global connectivity and clever architecture.
Filling out the rest of the top three after Copenhagen, Tokyo has risen to second place and Melbourne has slipped to third. Vancouver is the highest ranked city in the Americas at 15 and Berlin is the highest riser over all, moving six places to 14.
Copenhagen's ranking as the most liveable city in the world underlines that in Denmark you get the full package; the quality of life is an important element and the destination is not only an attractive destination to live, study or do business in, but for leisure and business travel.
The 2014 survey continues to use the same unique Quality of Life metrics for which it has become famous. These include crime, healthcare, state-funded education and business climate, combined with a unique Monocle “liveability assessment”. This takes into account factors including the amount of green space, commitment to culture, hours of sunshine, electric car-charging points, the ease of starting a new business and a high-street chain test that values the independents over the franchises.
New in this year's survey, is a major metric called “Libertarian paradise or stickler for rules?” which aims at appreciating the intangibles that light up a community alongside the infrastructure that keeps it going.
Top 10 in 2014 (2013 results):
2 Tokyo (4)
3 Melbourne (2)
4 Stockholm (7)
5 Helsinki (3)
6 Vienna (5)
7 Zürich (6)
8 Munich (8)
9 Kyoto (13)
10 Fukuoka (12)