Copenhagen 4th most liveable city in the world

Copenhagen jumps to number 4, up 6 places, in Monocle’s 2016 top 25 most liveable cities ranking. Compelling attractions include 24-hour open harbour baths, 20 Michelin stars and continued top-performance in culture, public transport and business.

Copenhagen rises up Monocle’s most liveable cities rankings once again.

The city continues to hit the mark when it comes to cuisine, culture, public transport and business. With 20 Michelin stars being awarded to 16 restaurants this year, Copenhagen is cementing its place as one of Europe’s food capitals, the ranking points out.

“Copenhagen is a sleek and happy place to live”

This year’s ranking has also brought with it an improvement in security, with a new campaign to create safer nightlife in the city centre that sees police foot patrols touring the streets on weekends.

From this summer, Copenhagen's three harbour baths will be open to the public day and night, and 15 new bathing zones will soon be primed for paddling.

“It seems the wheels – and not just those of the city’s 1,860 pearly white e-bikes – are turning. The high-flying Danish capital is, as ever, a sleek and happy place to live”, Monocle Magazine stated.

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Copenhagen claims the top spots

  • 2016 ranking: no. 4
  • 2015 ranking: no. 10
  • 2014 ranking: no. 1
  • 2013 ranking: no. 1
  • 2012 ranking: no. 3
  • 2011 ranking: no. 3
  • 2010 ranking: no. 2

About Monocle’s Quality of Life Index

Monocle’s Quality of Life Index goes beyond the basic economic and social aspects of a city, identifying often overlooked factors that can bring happiness and ease to everyday life. Elements such as a well-tended bar, shopping hours and access to green space make it the only quality of life survey of its kind. Monocle rankings are prescriptive in that they do not just collect data but also suggest what each city needs to do to grow or maintain their rankings.

Criteria in the survey include 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.

Read more about Monocle's top 25 most liveable cities ranking 2016