The World's 25 "Most Liveable" Cities
5:13 PM, Jun 19, 2009 • By ULF GARTZKE
The Financial Times recently provided an interesting ranking of the 25 "most liveable" cities world-wide. At the top of the list in 2009 is Zurich, Switzerland, followed by Copenhagen and Tokyo. Compiled by Tyler BrÃ»lÃ©, editor-in-chief of global-affairs-lifestyle magazine Monocle, the ranking is based on a wide variety of factors, ranging from average salaries, school performance, healthcare costs, physical and technological connectivity, tolerance, the vibrancy of a city's media and culture scene, as well as late-night eating, entertainment, and shopping options. In 2009, several new metrics were added to the mix for the first time, including a city's business climate and the quality of its public transport / infrastructure system. As Tyler BrÃ»lÃ© summed things up: "In our view, places with the best quality of life are those with the fewest daily obstructions, allowing residents to be both productive and free of unnecessary stress."