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Cheap flights to the 10 most livable cities in the world

happiest people in the world

happiest people in the world

Recently I came across a global quality of life survey and noticed:

  1. That the most livable cities are all north

  2. That mine was nowhere near being nominated.

So what makes a city the most livable?

Low crime rate, efficient transport, strong public services, and good looks are the basics.

Then there are other important issues like opportunity, which is huge, if you stop to think about it. We all want opportunity. And everywhere cities are feeling the downturn.

So the question is, what are they doing to help that?

madrid

madrid

Madrid spent euros trying to sort out its traffic problems and improve the structure of the city.

Lisbon goes out of its way to encourage small-scale retail venture and even has an electric vehicle project.

lisbon's electric car project

lisbon's electric car project

There’s also convenience:

Can you buy your groceries in the middle of the night?  Are there enough doctors? The combination of preservation and forward thinking is what makes a city great.

Helsinki Finland

Helsinki Finland

This year’s winner is Helsinki.

Dude, grab a  flight to Helsinki!

Crime is low

Unemployment rates terrifyingly low

Education world-class

Great food

Entrepreneurship and innovation present

Despite temps dropping to -25c, Helsiniki Vantaa airport has only shut down for a half an hour in the past 8 years.

The capital is to become Word Design Capital.

moved the finish port

moved the finish port

But its more than that. The Finns are ballsy. They are constantly improving or thinking the unthinkable.

Example:

Their goal: Making all the water in their lakes potable. Imagine when they’re able to do that and we’re still doing the let’s conserve water by watering your lawn every other day routine.

finnish lakes

finnish lakes

And other thing: They moved two whole entire ports eastward when they needed more land in its center, a whole third in fact. Hop on a flight to helsinki and see if you never want to leave.

life is good

life is good

Like Germany and the Netherlands, Finland has a high gdp per capital and a low public debt.

There is a booming artistic culture and upswing of new restaurants, with organic foods being always on the mind.

organic foods

organic foods

2. Zurich

zurich

zurich

Zurich is booming. Hotels are booked, new restaurants are cropping up all over. Rents are high and businesses are booming. And even better-crime is down by 23%. Zurich is on fire these days. Unemployment is at 3.6%, 0.5% lower than last year.

3. Copenhagen

copenhagen

copenhagen

Where Zurich is all about the business, Copenhagen can be said to be about sustainability.  This city is aiming to be carbon-neutral by 2025.  Its citizens are progressive and young, they choose the bicycle over public transport and organic foods over McDonalds any day. And with the minimum wage at 17 US dollars an hour, organic food can be had by all.

4. Munich

oktoberfest in Munich

oktoberfest in Munich

Conservative but progressive,  Munich has been doing its best to clean itself up and win its bid for the Olympic winter games 2018. With a great public transport system, a flourishing economy and unemployment significantly lower than the rest of germany, this city knows how to balanc work and play. Just stroll through one of the many parks after work, pull up a chair int eh beer gardens, the famous Viktualienmarkt or take a summer swim in the river Isar to see what this city has to offer.

5. Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne

Massive growth is putting Melbourne in line to becoming Australia’s biggest city. Major construction is taking place in the docklands area which many feel will transform the city. This project began in 1997 but as its completion date of 2020 draws closer, what was once an industrial wasteland is becoming a super cool suburb. The Docklands will will include 3,400 residences, providing homes for a projected 17,000 people by 2020, not to mention dining, commercial, shopping and sport venues.

docklands project

docklands project

New housing is cropping up everywhere and Melbourne is building them at twice the rate of Sydney.

6. Vienna

fabulous vienna

fabulous vienna

It’s all about urban renewal here in Vienna. New high-tech central train station is due to be completed in 2015 which will act as an anchor for the new housing built for 13,000 people. The second district, a large island in the Danube is quickly evolving from a bohemian enclave to a major destination with its new Sofitel hotel and a new business university due to open in 2012.

second district

second district

Culture is, of course, what Vienna is about and new events like the Vienna Design Week or Vienna fashion week have already established themselves along the more established opera, theater and open-air museums.

7. Sydney

Sydney

Sydney

Over the last 12 months, central Sydney has been revitalized by the opening of the enormous Westfield shopping center in the CBD. Great for the city’s economy but the huge influx of people exacerbates the same old problem of the of creaking transport infrastructure.

But relief is on the way with plans for the light rail service on the ever-clogged George street. The city council has also pledged to spend 134 million Euros on sprucing up the area. So far though it’s good new for the economy with 167 percent increase in people cycling to the CBD. Unemployment rate 4.8%.

8. Berlin

berlin

berlin

Nine million tourists visited Berlin last year ( and with all the cheap flights I don’t doubt it)which is a good thing because there’s barely any industry left and the unemployment is high. And yet Berlin continues to fascinate in art, theater, music and design. Once dodgy neighborhoods like Schoenberg and Neukolln¬† have become the new hotspots, with cafes, restaurants and over 450 galleries between them. And rents are still cheap.

Unemployment: 13.9 %

9. Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo

This city has had a bad year. A terrible year. As Tokyo was just beginning to rebound economically it was his with the tsunami and then the nuclear disaster. Foreign residents too off and tourists stayed far away but this city has rebounded. It’s remained calm, clean with superior quality restaurants and hotels. Full renovation to Tokyo station continue with a 150-room hotel and gallery to be reinstated.

10. Madrid

the streets of madrid

the streets of madrid

Fly to Madrid and see the change. The Madrid-Rio project has banished traffic from the city’s M30 ring road. It’s all underground now with parks, cycle paths skate ramps and playgrounds as well as a major shopping area such as the Plaza de Callao pedestrianized.

But the city has seen better days. The air quality in the capital I also a serious issue. Unemployment is at 15%

So tell me, are you ready to move? Are you getting all that you want and need out of your city? Next time you have a little time, look at our cheap flights to these great cities, hop a flight, and see is if it’s really true. Do they live better than you?

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