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'Copenhagen is the best city in the world'

The Danish capital has been awarded for top spot in quality of life, great transport system, restaurants, status as a cutting-edge design center and environmental credentials. Copenhagen betas major cities like Paris and London, as per a survey conducted by a a magazine.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2008 05:27 PM IST

London and New York is a passé. As per a new survey, the Danish capital of Copenhagen is the best city in the world to live.

Copenhagen has been awarded the top spot for its quality of life and status as a cutting-edge design centre, said the report, which looked at factors from architecture to the prospects of ordering a good glass of wine at 1 am.

The city was also praised for cutting edge design, its great transport system, restaurants and environmental credentials.

However, the Danish capital left major centres like London and New York trailing in its wake in the report. These two cities failed to make it even into the top 20 on the list.

Munich was runner-up and Tokyo, Zurich and Helsinki made up the rest of the top five. Paris made the top 10 and received special praise for its Vlib bicycle sharing scheme. Madrid was named best city for business while Berlin was best for culture with "unparallelled" art galleries.

"As the planet becomes an increasingly urban place, delivering these life-improving essentials to cities big and small is proving more than a challenge. Radical environmental initiatives that pull cars off streets can do wonders, but can also kill off passing trade.

"New developments, designed to attract investment, can not only boost local fortunes but also drive out all those people that made the city (Copenhagen) interesting in the first place," the media quoted Tyler Brule, Editor-in-Chief of the Monocle magazine, which conducted the survey, as saying.

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