First world cities often have first world problems. While those in not so fortunate cities are just happy to have a semblance of public utilities working in their places, first class cities demand that these utilities work punctually and efficiently. Buses and trains arrive on the dot and even if you miss the last one, another one will be arriving soon. While others experience traffic jams that can last for several hours, the residents of top cities will get impatient if they encounter two red lights before they get to cross an intersection. While others are just relieved once a storm is over, first world problems dictate that motorists will raise a hoot if a flash flood does not drain out in less than an hour.
There are actually cities that do have these kinds of efficiency. Here are the 10 best places to live in the world.
10. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is the eighth largest city in Canada. It has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. It has the busiest and largest port in the country and the most diversified in the entire continent. It is also known as Hollywood North because of its large and lively film production center. Its compact urban core has received praise and acclaim from around the world because of its high amenity and livable development. High-rise residential towers, while encouraged, are strictly checked to ensure that green spaces are protected and sight lines are preserved.
9. Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. It is considered to be a media, industrial and financial center. It is also home of Berenberg Bank, the second oldest bank in the world. It is a major tourist destination for both local Germans and foreigners. It is also home to the second largest port in Europe. The city has more bridges than the cities of London, Amsterdam and Venice combined with more than 2,300 bridges crossing its countless streams, canals and rivers.
8. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is the most populous city of Australia and is the state capital of New South Wales. It boasts of a cosmopolitan and international population. It is surrounded by national parks and the coasts boast of several bays, rivers, inlets and beaches. It is also home to the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. It also has several parks, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park.
7. London, United Kingdom
London is a global city that is considered a leading center of finance, arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, healthcare, research, tourism and transport. It has the largest city airport system in the world and boasts of the most number of international arrivals. It also has the oldest underground railway network in The London Undergound. It has four heritage sites, including Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret’s Church and Greenwich settlement. It has museums, galleries, libraries and sport centers.
6. Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is part of China though it operates under a different system under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle. It has a high degree of autonomy, relying on China only for military defense and foreign relations. It is one of the leading financial centers in the world. Its density problem brought about by a lack of space led to denser constructions and vertical structures. It also has a highly developed transportation network. Public transport traveling rate stands at 90 percent, the highest in the world.
5. Dusseldorf, Germany
Dusseldorf is a center for international business and finance. It is the capital city of the state of North Rhine Westphalia. It is known for its fashion and trade fairs, with the city playing host to almost 20 percent of the premier trade shows in the world. It has one of the highest qualities of living in the world. It is considered a major hub of the country’s railway network, which is further complimented by an efficient light rail transport system.
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. It has several bridges and tunnels that connect parts of the cities together. It also has several promenades and waterfronts. Its well thought out infrastructure system means that a combination of bikes, cars and public transports can be used on its roads. There is also the Copenhagen Metro that serves the central part of the city, as well as an S-Train that connects the boroughs on the city’s outskirts.
3. Munich, Germany
Munich is the state capital of Bavaria in Germany. It is a modern center for finance and publications. It boasts of a combination of historic buildings and impressive structures. It has one of the most comprehensive and punctual transportation systems in the world, as it has effectively incorporated an underground railway, suburban trains, trams and buses into its network. Huge areas are also set aside for biking and walking.
2. Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany. It is near the geographic center of the European Union. It has one of the busiest international airports in the world, one of the largest train terminal stations in Europe, one of the most heavily used highway interchanges in Europe and one of the largest Internet traffic exchange points in the world. It has two underground railways systems and one above ground tram system. There is also an extensive bus network that completes the public transport system of the city.
Singapore is one of the leading financial centers in the world, as well as host to one of the busiest ports. It has a high population density, which is why private car ownership is limited to control pollution and congestion. Taxi fares are relatively cheap compared to other advanced cities. The bus and train systems are highly efficient and run on time. As a lot of important spots are situated close together, one can actually travel by bike or even by foot. Mass transits are constantly being improved to ensure that all areas are served and congestion is avoided.
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