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Every year Monocle Magazine calculates the best cities in the world to live in, and the 2011 results are in.The editors of the lifestyle magazine seek to recognise the world’s best cities, ranking them based on economic and social factors in addition to hipper things like “24 hour metabolism” where cities were given extra points for not shutting down at 10 PM.
Other factors involved in Monocle’s ranking system included whether the cities had well-tended bars, the amount of green space in cities, how the city used architectural planning and urban ambition.
We’ve listed the rankings and added information about the best cities in the world, and it appears that despite economic woes, European cities are still the most attractive places to live…
Seattle is one of the most literate cities in America, and as the home of Starbucks, has no shortage of coffee.
Monocle has called Montreal 'Canada's Cultural Capital'.
Germany's second-large city is also one of its most affluent as it has the highest GDP in the country.
Kyoto has more than 2000 religious places, and Japan's past can be seen in the architecture of the former imperial city.
Vancouver was nicknamed 'Hollywood North' and more movies are shot in the temperate city than any other city except for Los Angeles.
Population (city): 583,776
Portland has been ranked as one of the greenest cities in the world.
The oldest city in Japan was named one of the 10 most dynamic cities in the world by Newsweek.
Population (city): 1,621,537
Barcelona ranks at number one on a list of the world's best beach cities, according to National Geographic.
New Zealand's biggest city is also one of the more affordable global capitals to live in, according to Mercer.
The city of lights consistently ranks near the top in lists of the world's best cities, but according to The Economist's Intelligence Unit, it's also the most expensive.
Madrid is Spain's most visited city, and the fourth most visited city by tourists in Europe.
Berlin was praised for its city planning by the UN, and named a city of design.
Sydney ranks on a list of the top places in the world for innovation.
Vienna is praised for its urban design, and ranks near the top of lists in urban planning.
Munich dropped three spots in the rankings, in 2010 it was Monocle's city with the best quality of life in the world.
Population (city): 541,559
Forbes ranked Copenhagen on its best places to live in Europe list, noting its high number of Michelin-starred restaurants and top-tier medical services.
Helsinki is the world's design capital for 2012. Monocle's editor, Tyler Brule said that Helsinki was chosen as the world's bes city because, 'the Finnish capital stands out for its fundamental courage to rethink its urban ambitions, and for possessing the talent, ideas and guts to pull it off.
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