Copenhagen: Beating life

Over a period of 11 years, Copenhagen has topped or almost topped the list of the ‘most livable cities.’

By Sally Farhat 

At the heart of Copenhagen. (Picture by Sally Farhat).

Conducted by the global lifestyle magazine Monocle, the Quality of Life Survey studies the cities’ cultural exclusivity, social urban life, public transportation, green areas, and architecture to name just a few and rank cities according to which one is doing best in those areas.

Although the annual report has placed Copenhagen on top of the list for the years 2008, 2013, and 2014; the city’s rank went farther down the ladder to reach 5th place in 2018. According the official report issued by Monocle on the survey’s results, the city’s rank was granted due to Copenhagen’s “Hygge” hangout spots, improvements in public transportation, and the cycling culture that ensures that citizens remain healthy and the air remains clean.

Picture by Sally Farhat

Other surveys have also pointed out Denmark’s capital as one of the most livable cities. Some of these studies include Mercer’s Quality of Living and the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Index that placed the city in 9th place for 2018.