Monocle editor and Financial Times columnist Tyler Brûlé has announced his most livable cities in the world based on a set of criteria that includes the ease of opening a small business and the number of cultural venues.

Copenhagen: out in front by virtue of its scale, a good airport, all those bike paths and handsome locals. Munich: almost a winner, but it should have committed to building the Transrapid airport rail link. Tokyo: the world's best big city by far. Unfortunately, last week's stabbing spree hasn't done much for its public safety record. Zurich: more relaxed neighbours would put it in first place. Helsinki: a European capital with a foot firmly in Asia. Vienna: one of Europe's greenest cities. Stockholm: the city wants to go vertical — a tricky mission. Vancouver: the best of North America in a beautiful frame. Melbourne: the best neighbourhoods in the southern hemisphere. Paris: its visionary mayor has made the old dame internationally relevant again.

Brûlé says that London didn't make it because city planners fail to inspire and Toronto is off the list because of its sprawling “hideous” suburbs. He tells his FT readers what he thinks most urban dwellers really want:

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