Copenhagen has been ranked the No.1 city in the world to live in for the second time on Monocle magazine’s “Most Livable Cities Index". Safety, tolerance, green initiatives and international connectivity were just some of the criteria used to decide the winning city.
Copenhagen's creative environment, its relaxed lifestyle, cycle culture, democratic design and the active use of city spaces are among the key reasons why Copenhagen is, once again, the world's best city according to British lifestyle magazine, Monocle.
Other contributing factors include the good business conditions, the ease of access and the fact that you can travel quickly and safely within the city, as well as Copenhageners' use of their urban spaces - not just in terms of their bike use, but the way they make the most of every ray of sunshine with their pavement cafes and parks. It is easy to access green and recreational areas in Copenhagen.
Monocle also notes that Copenhageners are proud of their city, and with good reason. As the magazine's Copenhagen correspondent Michael Booth writes, Copenhagen has become a more open city in recent years, both literally because the city's shops have extended their opening hours, but also figuratively in the residents' greater tolerance of ethnic minorities and the gay community.
Monocle published its first “Most Livable Cities Index" in 2007 and this is the second time that Copenhagen has been in first place. The last occasion was in 2008 and, since then, the Danish capital has been in second place two times and last year it came third, with Helsinki and Zurich ahead in first and second places.
"This is a great recognition of Copenhagen. It strengthens the city's international position as a place where life quality, gastronomy, design, architecture, sustainability and democratic values are in focus," says Lars Bernhard Jorgensen, managing director of Wonderful Copenhagen CVB.
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