Copenhagen tops Monocle's Quality of Life Index

For the second year in a row, Copenhagen has claimed the number-one spot in Monocle’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.

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. This year’s survey has also added one new major metric “Libertarian paradise or stickler for rules?” with the aim of appreciating the intangibles that light up a community alongside the infrastructure that keeps it going.

Top 10 in 2014 (2013 results):

  1. Copenhagen (1)
  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)

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 don’t just collect data but also suggest what each city needs to do to grow or maintain their rankings.