Top 10 Best Cities

10. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.

best city to live in the world Auckland


9. Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth-largest city in Australia, with a population of more than 1.28 million. It is a coastal city situated on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent, on the Adelaide Plains, north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between Gulf St Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges. The suburbs reach roughly 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills but sprawl 100 km (62 mi) from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south. Today, Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food, wine and culture, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors.

best city to live in the world Adelaide


8. Perth, Australia

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. With a population of 1,659,000 (2009), Perth ranks fourth amongst the nation's cities, with a growth rate consistently above the national average.

The metropolitan area is located in the south-west of the continent between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the Swan River. Perth is tied for ninth place in The Economist's 2010 list of the World's Most Livable Cities.

Perth became known worldwide as the "City of Lights" as city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated its feat as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998.

best city to live in the world Perth


7. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and Oceania, and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney has a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.5 million and an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometres (4,633 sq mi). Its inhabitants are called Sydneysiders, and Sydney is often called "the Harbour City". It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.

The city is home to many prominent parks, such as Hyde Park, Royal Botanical Gardens and national parks. This is a major factor, along with Sydney Harbour, that has led to the city's reputation as one of the most beautiful in the world.

best city to live in the world Sydney


6. Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 584,420 (31 March 2010), making it the most populous municipality in Finland by a wide margin. Helsinki is located some 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, 300 kilometres (190 mi) west of St. Petersburg, Russia and 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia. Helsinki has close connections with these three cities.

The municipality of Helsinki forms the heart of the Helsinki metropolitan area and Greater Helsinki area. Over one million people live in the Helsinki metropolitan area, which includes the city of Helsinki and three other cities. Two of these cities, Espoo and Vantaa, immediately border Helsinki to the west and north. Kauniainen, the third city, is an enclave within the city of Espoo. The Helsinki metropolitan area is the northernmost urban area on Earth with a population of over 1 million people, and the city is the northernmost capital of an EU member state. Altogether 1.3 million people live in the Greater Helsinki area, which includes the aforementioned cities and 9 suburban satellite towns. Approximately 1 in 4 Finns live in the Greater Helsinki area.

Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research center. Helsinki is also an important regional city on the Baltic Sea and northern Europe. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.

best city to live in the world Helsinki


5. Calgary, Canada

Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city is located in the Grassland region of Alberta.

In 2006, the City of Calgary had a population of 988,193 making it the third-largest municipality in the country and largest in Alberta. The entire metropolitan area had a 2006 population of 1,079,310, making it the fifth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. In 2009, Calgary's metropolitan population was estimated at 1,230,248, making it the fourth-largest CMA in Canada.

Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area. Economic activity in Calgary is mostly centered on the petroleum industry. Agriculture, tourism and high-tech industries also contribute to the city's economic growth. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games.

best city to live in the world Calgary


4. Toronto, Canada

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous municipality in North America. Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to over 8.1 million residents—approximately 25% of Canada's population. The census metropolitan area (CMA) had a population of 5,113,149,  and the Greater Toronto Area had a population of 5,555,912 in the 2006 Census.

As Canada's economic capital, Toronto is considered a global city and is one of the top financial centres in the world. Toronto's leading economic sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, television production, publishing,software production, medical research, education, tourism and sports industries. The Toronto Stock Exchange, the world's eighth largest in terms of market value, is headquartered in the city, along with most of Canada's corporations.

best city to live in the world Toronto


3. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and also the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre (also known as the "Central Business District" or "CBD") is the hub of the greater geographical area (or "metropolitan area") and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of late 2009, the greater geographical area had an approximate population of 4 million. A resident of Melbourne is known as a "Melburnian".

The metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River (at the northern-most point of the bay). The metropolitan area then extends south from the city centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland. The city centre is situated in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne, and the metropolitan area consists of a further 30 municipalities.

Today, it is a centre for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sport and tourism. It is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the feature film),[13][14] Australian television, Australian rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) and Australian dance styles (such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle). It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music. It is often referred to as the "cultural capital of Australia"

best city to live in the world Melbourne


2. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million  (2.3 million within the metropolitan area, more than 25% of Austria's population), and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 10th largest city by population in the European Union. Vienna is host to many major international organizations such as the United Nations and OPEC.

Vienna lies in the east of Austria and is close to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2005 an Economist Intelligence Unit study of 127 world cities ranked it first equal with Vancouver for the quality of life. This assessment was mirrored by the Mercer Survey in 2009. The city of Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world`s best quality of living.

best city to live in the world Vienna


1. Vancouver, Canada

The largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, Vancouver ranks third largest in the country and the city proper ranks eighth. According to the 2006 census Vancouver had a population of 578,041 and its Census Metropolitan Area exceeded 2.1 million people. Its residents are ethnically and linguistically diverse; 52% do not speak English as their first language.

Vancouver has ranked highly in worldwide "livable city" rankings for more than a decade according to business magazine assessments. It has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 miles) north of the city.

best city to live in the world Vancouver


Top 5 Greenest Cities In The World

5. Vancouver, Canada

The city had just been trusted to hold the first winter olympics in earth with theme is sustainable or sustainability. The Comittee was using electronic waste as a medal and build a stadium which is very "green". But this is not just a business because of the winter OlympicsVancouver has been settled long ago. 90% of electricity needs in the town is supplied by hydroelectric. Meanwhile wind, solar, wave and tidal energy has been used extensively to keep the environment conservation in this city.

greenest city in the world Vancouver

Vancouver at night

The city mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson said on the official website of Vancouver that "Vancouverwill be the greenest city in the world by 2020″. The citizens of Vancouver, that often referred as Vancouverites, want to live in a city that living, affordable and sustainable. We appreciate the extraordinary beauty of our natural environment, celebrate diversity, and working to build a bright future and green. Convergence of technology and environmental issues has changed the world economy. Vancouver is interesting and thoughtful city who wants to invest and work in a city that offers a green city promising future – a city that values our natural heritage and offer all the city element involved.

greenest city in the world Vancouver

The beautiful Vancouver

4. Malmo, Sweden

This is one of the international city that focus on green space. Famous for their gardens, but also on sustainable urban development. It's one of the largest cities in Sweden and really beautiful city. They have changed their environment to be environment-friendly area.

greenest city in the world beautiful Malmo Sweden

Beautiful Malmo Sweden

In this city you will find a lot of people cycling in the city because many roads built specifically for those who ride. This town really appreciate their green sky and did not want their green sky became polluted. Today approximately 20% of the population of Malmo come from different countries, making it the most cosmopolitan city in Sweden. This has contributed to the cultural life of the rich and the opportunity to enjoy lots of delicious and exotic food. These days the old industrial city has been replaced by suburban area of the modern middle class, residential neighborhoods and environmentally friendly.

greenest city in the world road in Malmo Sweden

Street in Malmo Sweden

3. Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba is a city in southern part of Brazil and the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state (estado) since 1854. The city was founded in 1654 as a gold mining camp. Population: 1.8 millions (2007 estimate). From the early 19th century, it has received many immigrants from Germany, Italy, and Poland, and immigration continued during the 20th century with the arrival of Syrian and Japan, and the entry of massive migrants from rural areas.

greenest city in the world a park in Curitiba Brazil

A beautiful park in Curitiba Brazil

The city has many green spaces like parks and very beautiful botanical gardens such as Alemâo Bosque,Bosque de Portugal, Italiano Bosque, Bosque do Papa, Gomm Bosque, Bosque Gutierrez, Capão da Imbuia Bosque, Bosque da Fazendinha, Boa Vista Bosque, Bosque Reinhard Maack, Bosque Vista Alegre, Jardim Botanico, Memorial Ucraniano, Barigüi Parque, Parque Tanguá, Tingüi Parque, Parquedas Pedreiras, Passaúna do parque, Parque São Lourenço, parque do Iguaçu e Zoo, Parque da Barreirinha, Parque dos Tropeiros, Parque do Bacacheri, Basseio público, Unilivre, and Vilinha. The city is focused to become the greenest city in the world. So residents advised to leave their cars at home.

greenest city in the world public transport in Curitiba Brazil

Public transport stop near a garden in Curitiba Brazil

2. Portland, Oregon, US

The City, the home of Portland Blazzers NBA team, is really very active in welcoming new world filled with green and healthy to live. Although many US cities now prefer to use the fast lane, this is the first city to focus on alternative transit with light rail and bike path network extensively to encourage people to leave their cars at home. Also one of the first cities that pledged to reduce emissions and begin to use the sustainable building materials.

greenest city in the world beautiful green Portland

Beautiful green Portland

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

The capital of Iceland, a country that is very close to the north pole, has used the green pattern for the town where the supply of electricity is 100% supplied by hydroelectricity and geothermal energy, Transportation system also has a very green hydrogen buses, the greenest city in Europe and the world. And cities with the cleanest blue sky in the entire of the earth.

greenest city in the world beautiful Reykjavik Iceland

Beautiful Reykjavik Iceland

This city receives only 4 hours of heat in winter and a very bright night in winter, due to its geographic location is very close to the north pole. Along with the grow of industries and also the concept of a global green, this city has been used by many environmentalist to visit or people that just get some fresh air vacation.

greenest city in the world night in Reykjavik Iceland

Night in Reykjavik, Iceland

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities In The World

10. Singapore

Singapore is a town country which only has a total area of 700 square kilometers. It is ranked the tenth most expensive city in world. The town is small but has a different lifestyle.

  • The average one-bedroom rental ranging SIN $ 600 per month or more in the suburban area.
  • The cost of electricity, water and internet SIN $ 300 per month or more for single family
  • Including the very high car prices, the average vehicle tax from SIN $ 1,000 or more annually. And the average cost of parking ranges from SIN $ 150 per month.
  • For meals, Singapore may be said quite friendly range average SIN $ 5 or more to eat and drink.
most expensive cities in the world Singapore


9. Beijing, China

Beijing is the capital of China. One of the densely populated cities in Asia that giving convenience of investing so attract many foreign investors to come and invest to China.

  • Average rent of an apartment in the downtown ranges from RMB7000 (including electricity and water / utility costs)
  • Dining in Beijing is over RMB20 range for one meal
  • Daily international newspaper-ranging RMB25, a glass of coffee (medium restaurants) ranged RMB 35, a packet of food (burgers, potatoes and soda water) or more approximately RMB18

most expensive cities in the world Beijing


8. New York, USA

New York, the United States is the most expensive city compared to all other US cities. This city that never sleeps has the nickname of The Big Apples. It is the destination of people from various parts of the world.

  • Average rent for apartment with two good bedrooms starting around US $ 4000 per month.
  • Utilities fees range from US $ 250 per family, standard family meals (4 persons) ranged up monthly cost $ 1000.
  • International paper per issue of US $ 1.8, glass coffee from US $ 3, and packets of food (burger + potato + sodas) for US $ 5.
most expensive cities in the world New York

New York

7. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a unique and distinctive city in Denmark. It is a place of typical Danish products sales. Quality of life in this city is one of the best in the world.

  • Average-cost of home rental in the suburbs of Copenhagen ranged from US $ 2.500 per month.
  • Meals is expensive, especially when eating in restaurants the standard per person with two meals plus drinks range from US $ 80 or more. If you do not eat out for meal, It will cost around U.S. $ 200 upwards for two adults per week.
  • Monthly costs for electricity, telephone and internet range from a minimum of US $ 200 or more per month.
  • Cost transport such as taxis quite expensive, short trips use a taxi will cost about US $ 50.

most expensive cities in the world Copenhagen


6. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is one of the city in Switzerland. This city that has alpine mountains is a beautiful city for tourism. Lower taxes lead to many investors who invest in stocks.

  • The cost of apartment rental outside the city without an elevator is starting from US $ 1500 per month.
  • Utilities fees range from US $ 200 per family, standard family meals (4 persons) ranged from USD800 per month or more
  • Monthly train pass is US $ 90, oil is very expensive. It costs about US $ 1.6 per litre.
  • Dining out in the restaurant for two people range from standard to US $ 300, three menus plus wine.
most expensive cities in the world Zurich


5. Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is has an area of 1100 km2 and is inhabited by around 6.88 million. The town is densely populated that cause expensive housing.

  • Rental cost in HK is expensive, with average of about US $ 1,500 per month.
  • Utilities fees ranging from US $ 100-150 per family.
  • Some economic cost that can be found in Hong Kong is value meal from McDonald HK $ 22.80, chocolate Snickers from the mini-24h supermarket 7-11 HK $ 6.00, a set of food from a place selling ordinary food (rice + dishes + drink) HK $ 50, average beer at the local pub around HK $ 20, CENTRAL to Causeway Bay with octopus card HK $ 4.40, to cross from the pier Central to Tsim Sha Tsui using Star Ferry cost HK $ 1.70.
most expensive cities in the world Hong Kong

Hong Kong

4. Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva is the second-most-populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandie (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). Situated where the Rhône River exits Lake Geneva (in French also known as Lac Léman), it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. Geneva is a global city, a financial centre, and a worldwide centre for diplomacy and the most important international co-operation centre with New York because of the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. It is also the place where the Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and prisoners of war.

  • Average rent for apartment with three bedrooms starting around US $ 3000
  • The three family meal cost around US $ 1200 per month
  • Health-insurance costs must be quite expensive to US $ 800.
  • Cost for children who want to go to college based on the estimated cost of the department of local: accommodation around US $ 400 up to 650 (per room in a hostel or rental individually per flat), food monthly cost of about US $ 450, transport by tram or bus around US $ 100-170, books and support materials for learning about US $ 100, other costs of US $ 400 other. So the cost for his/her monthly needs about USD $ 1500 to 1800.

most expensive cities in the world Geneva


3. Moscow, Russia

Moscow is the capital of Russia. Ranked third most expensive city in the world. This "Red Bear" city is a 25% contributor to the Russian domestic oil. Sport areas, recreation and clothing is expensive in this city.

  • Average rent for apartment, not yet furnished with two luxurious bedrooms, is starting around US $ 4500
  • Utilities fees range from US $ 250 per family, standard family meals (3 persons) cost ranges from US $ 500 upwards monthly
  • International paper per issue of US $ 5.5, glass coffee from US $ 9 ( most expensive cup of coffee compare to other countries), and package food burger + potato + sodas US $ 5.
  • Dining-out costs would swell the normal monthly family expenditure to 2-3 times.

most expensive cities in the world Moscow


2. Osaka, Japan

Osaka is in the same Island with Tokyo in Japan. Osaka is the second most expensive city in the world after Tokyo. Many tourist sites located in this town. Transportation and home furnishings tools are expensive in this city.

Cost of living in Osaka is number two in the world near to Tokyo because the area has many large companies head office, such as Mitshubishi, Mizuno, Panasonic, Sanyo and Sharp. Salary  is very high so it cause increasing land price and also the cost of living. Cost of living in Osaka compare to Tokyo is quite the same expensive.

most expensive cities in the world Osaka


1. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the costliest city in the world. The City has an area of 2187 km square and there are more than 13 Millions people on it. It's the most populated city in the world. The city often hit by earthquakes so it's not allowed to build a skyscraper. The cost of living in Tokyo that is also the capital of Japan is very expensive.

  • Average rent for apartment not yet furnished with two luxurious bedrooms starting around US $ 4.500
  • International paper per issue of US $ 1, a glass coffee from US $ 5, and package food of burger + potato + sodas for US $ 5.
  • The cost of eating out, in expensive restaurants meals ranging from ¥ 13,000 / $ 108 / £ 55 without drinks, while the restaurant of medium range ¥ 4000 to 9000 yen ($ 33 – $ 75 / £ 17 – £ 38), and a cheap average of 4000 yen ($ 33 / £ 17 to less than 2000 yen ($ 17 / £ 8.40).
most expensive cities in the world Tokyo


Russian stadiums

1. Dynamo Moscow
Russian stadiums for the World Cup in 2018, More images after the break...
2. Spartak Moscow

3. Luzhniki, Moscow

4. Moscow region

5. St. Petersburg

6. Kaliningrad

7. Yaroslavl

8. Nizhny Novgorod

9. Kazan

10. Samara

11. Rostov-na-Donu

12. Volgograd

13. Saransk

14. Krasnodar

15. Sochi

16. Ekaterinburg

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