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Tokyo Is The World's 'Most Livable City'


Wanderlust souls beware -- the newest list of the world's most livable cities might inspire you to make a move.

For its annual "Quality of Life" survey, global affairs magazine Monocle typically evaluates cities based on four main factors: availability of international flight routes, cycling commutes, good lunch spots and public libraries. (Traveling, exercising, eating well and reading a lot? Sounds to us like a recipe for thriving!) This year, however, the magazine added 22 new metrics, including cost of living and the price of a cup of coffee. That led to some major changes, including a new city at the number one spot: Tokyo, Japan.

"It manages to do something no other global metropolis can: provide a great quality of life for those who live there and also visit. From culture to security, food to courtesy, it has everything covered," Monocle says of Tokyo. "London and New York, take note."

We can't argue: Tokyo is famous for that rich culture, not to mention its sophisticated railways and gorgeous cherry blossoms.

Scroll for Monocle's top 10 most livable cities, then visit Monocle.com to see what other spots made the list:

10. Copenhagen, Denmark (tie)

10. Zürich, Switzerland (tie)

9. Munich, Germany

8. Helsinki, Finland

7. Vancouver, Canada

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6. Stockholm, Sweden

5. Sydney, Australia

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4. Melbourne, Australia

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3. Berlin, Germany

2. Vienna, Austria

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1. Tokyo, Japan

Before You Go

Singapore, Republic of Singapore
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Singapore, where clothes are on average 50% more expensive than in New York, knocked Tokyo from the top spot in 2013.
Paris, France
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Living in Paris is 26% more expensive than living in New York City, on average.
Oslo, Norway
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The Norwegian capital keeps its third place rank for the second year running. It was fourth the previous two years.
Zurich, Switzerland
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The EIU said the Swiss capital would have topped the list if the recent jump in the Swiss Franc had been included in the analysis.
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney is followed by another Australian city, Melbourne, in sixth place.

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