Coming from someone who has read every issue, I will say that each year I seem to grow more weary of Monocle’s “Quality of Life Survey”. It seems to emphasize so much everything along the Swiss-Nordic axis that even though I know exactly what they mean, the purpose of the survey becomes more and more obscure. And still they keep asking: “who’s up, who’s down and who’s new”.
Who’s new? – What does that even mean?
But in short, last year’s winner Helsinki takes second place and Hong Kong is ranked 13th. Now that I’ve lived in both these cities, I don’t know. I think there are days when Hong Kong is far more pleasant than Helsinki, and the other way around. To me that is pretty much the “quality” of life. Anyway, come next week and I get to make some empirical comparisons.