The 10 most livable cities in the world

The 10 most livable cities in the world

Everyday-growing world population of 6.7 billion people is living throughout earth under very contrasting circumstances, from needy and illiterate to extreme luxury and prosperity among different localities. Nowadays the number of cities around the planet overcame 2.5 millions including 101 metropolises. Neither size nor population can attach the good reputation and cozy surroundings to a city. There are much more important criteria to define the most livable city among many others as safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro active policy developments and medical care.

The world’s most livable cities is an informal name given to any list of cities as they rank on a reputable annual survey of living conditions. One of the examples is the lifestyle magazine Monocle. Since 2007 it publishes an annual list of livable cities.

Here’s a fast look at the top 10 of most livable cities for the year 2010:

10. Madrid, Spain

9. Melbourne, Australia

8. Vienna, Austria

7. Paris, France

6. Stockholm, Sweden

5. Helsinki, Finland

4. Tokyo, Japan

3. Zurich, Switzerland

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

1. Munich, Germany



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  • nashaat

    اية الجمال دة

  • Leni Schwendinger

    Great set of photographs. Interesting balance between day and night. There are five evening/night photos here. Generally for lists of cities the majority are taken during the day.

    As a lighting designer one of my objectives is to educate the public about the urban night.

    Our NightSeeing™ program includes a LightWalk a kind-of treasure hunt, a way of recognizing both existing and designed light.

    • Oksana

      Thank you for your interest in our article, you are absolutely right, lighting does make a difference in the character of buildings. Ill make sure to check your program.

    • Francesca

      you should come to Malta and educate our government about lighting streets at night…cause it’s awful!!

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  • Zorba

    where is Egypt?

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  • Melikbabur

    I think you forgot adding İstanbul which is described as cities of city.

  • Visitor

    First of all you have to visit Istanbul where is the unique city which connect Europe and Asia, also the only place has a sea inside. Dont forget Istanbul;)

  • Cris Littrell

    not a single city in America made the cut? i find that hard to believe. seems plenty of the worlds people want to live here, must be something to the whole freedom thing and many of our cities are some of the most livable on earth. I live in Portland Oregon and believe our city to be both international and livable. we are on the forefront of environmentalism and sustainability.

    • jeevadotnet

      you mean “freedom” – there is nothing free about living in America. LULZ. Only reason why anyone else wants to like in America is because they are still exposed to movies from the 70’s & 80’s (which is the latest on their 3rd World transmitters).

      Cape Town, South Africa is missing

  • citydweller

    a good line up overall… but the reality is that the world’s most livable city contest for the past 20 years or so has been monopolised by two cities… which also happen to be sister cities on opposite corners of the world….. Melbourne & Vancouver. Melbourne has again won it for 2012…that’s two years in a row and has previously won it as well. A trully beautiful city and a joy to live in…

  • Andreas

    It’s funny that Munich won. I don’t like it and many people I know don’t like it as well. If you would count the arrogance of the population as well, Vienna and Munich would be much worse.

  • Cheryl Vaughan

    Problem is with this particular article is that it’s out of date….2010????…Lets see 2012…..Melbourne..Vienna…Vancouver…Toronto…Calgary…….

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