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Old May 23rd, 2010, 06:07 PM   #1
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29 cities to Live In 2010 EDITION

Hi, i made this thread to share pics of the cities in the list of ASKMEN 29 CITIES TO LIVE IN 2010 EDITION.

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TOP 29 Cities To Live In - 2010 EditionNo one knows what’s important to men better than AskMen, and we’ve brought together the expertise of our contributors from around the world to determine the 2010 edition of the Top 29 Cities To Live In. We’ve profiled cities where it’s easy to meet women, where professional opportunities abound and where you can easily get outside, whether it be to a world-class stadium to watch a game or to the beach. We know you want to be able to afford the gadgets, fashion and nightlife that make up a stylish man’s lifestyle, and on top of all that, you want new openings and new energy to keep you guessing.

Our formula has ranked the best cities for men - the best cities in which to live, work and party - based on data that includes the number of guaranteed vacation days per year, weather, unemployment rate, new restaurant and club openings, the cost of a Nissan 370Z, and more.

This is the only list that rates cities based on what matters most to you - the AM man.

Rankings BreakdownFor a detailed breakdown of sources and statistical methodS.

Weather?
Based on the deviation from the average temperature in our ideal weather city - Los Angeles.
Cost of Living?Based on how the city scores on Mercer's cost-of-living index and AM's iPod and Nissan 370Z indices.
Professional Life?Based on the average income and how much paid time off is guaranteed.
Dating?Based on the ratio of women to men and on how educated this city's women are.
Night on the Town?Based on the city's nightlife, culinary scene and new openings for 2010.
Day on the Town?Based on the city's cultural calendar, availability of menswear and efficiency of public transit.
Fresh Air Factor?Based on the city's proximity to beaches and mountains, and the quality of its green spaces.



http://www.askmen.com/specials/2010_top_29/

We´ll start the list Upside down

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LAS VEGAS, USA.




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ROME, ITALY.




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BOGOTA, COLOMBIA.




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KYOTO, JAPAN




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TORONTO, CANADA.




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CHICAGO, USA.




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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS.




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MONTREAL, CANADA.




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SHANGAI, CHINA.




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ISTANBUL, TURKEY.




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BEIRUT, LIBAN.




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LISBON, PORTUGAL.




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BERLIN, GERMANY.




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SAN PAULO, BRAZIL.




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BARCELONA, SPAIN.




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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL.




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HONG KONG, CHINA.




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LOS ANGELES, USA.




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SAN FRANCISCO, USA.




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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.




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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.




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MIAMI, USA.




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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.




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MADRID, SPAIN.




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TOKYO, JAPAN.




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NEW YORK, USA.




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Don't Forget the Best city to live in the World:






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Old May 23rd, 2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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Rio is not in the list, why don`t you post pics of Sao Pablo instead??
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Melbourne ahead of Sydney. Why was that?
Weather - Melbourne isn't known as Bleak City for nothing
Cost of Living - Close run thing, Melbourne slightly ahead
Professional Life - Sydney home to more International companies than all other Australian capitals combined. Even the stock exchange moved from Melbourne to Sydney due to lack of relevance in Melbourne
Dating - Most Men in Sydney are Gay so straight men have easy pickings. It is Sydney women that have to go to Melbourne looking for men.
Night on the Town - A night on the town in Melbourne ends well if you get home without being stabbed. Sydney much better (and safer)
Day on the Town - Nothing to do or see in Melbourne. Sydney has the markets, shopping, harbour, etc
Fresh Air Factor - Sydney has national parks on 3 sides, and the Pacific ocean on the other. You also have direct access to the harbour and the botanic gardens from the city.
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I prefer Rio than SP in Brazil
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Such lists are... They depend too much on which criteria you use, and how you weigh them.

Here is another list showing best quality of life in 2010, with results completely different from the list posted at the beginning of this thread:
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2010 Quality of Life Index: 194 Countries Ranked and Rated to Reveal the Best Places to Live

By International Living
February 10, 2010



Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

To produce this annual Index we consider nine categories: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate. This involves a lot of number crunching from “official” sources, including government websites, the World Health Organization, and The Economist, to name but a few. We also take into account what our editors from all over the world have to say about our findings.

Below are the countries that win our top 10 in this year’s Quality of Life Index and the final scores for each country in every category.

1. France



For the fifth year running, France takes first in our annual Quality of Life Index. No surprise. Its tiresome bureaucracy and high taxes are outweighed by an unsurpassable quality of life, including the world’s best health care.

France always nets high scores in most categories. But you don’t need number-crunchers to tell you its bon vivant lifestyle is special. Step off a plane and you’ll experience it first-hand.

I always wish quality of life indicators could measure a country’s heart and soul. But it’s impossible to enumerate the joy of lingering for hours over dinner and a bottle of red wine in a Parisian brasserie. Or strolling beside the Seine on a spring morning, poking through the book vendors’ wares. Or buying buttery croissants in bohemian Montmartre…hearing Notre Dame’s bells…walking antique streets paved with poetry.

Romantic Paris offers the best of everything, but services don’t fall away in Alsace’s wine villages…in wild and lovely Corsica…in lavender-scented Provence. Or in the Languedoc of the troubadors, bathed in Mediterranean sunlight.

Provincial French properties are often keenly priced and lifestyles are less expensive than Paris. The Southwestern Midi-Pyrenees region is a particularly good hunting ground for village homes for less than $100,000—and classic three-course lunches for $14. Houses cascade with wisteria blossom; outdoor markets are everywhere. Foie gras, pink garlic, Armagnac, and crystallized violets aren’t gourmet fare for locals. Rather, just another day’s shopping.

2. Australia



They don’t call it the “Lucky Country” for nothing. Australia is famous for its large beaches and temperate climate. Across the continent, Aussies and those who’ve chosen to emigrate there have access to an active and healthy lifestyle. But urban dwellers will find plenty of great culture and excellent food in Sydney and Melbourne, and a cost of living below that of some of the world’s other great cities.

Australia’s economy has managed to weather the Global Financial Crisis better than any other Western country. For tourists and travelers, this means you’ll be dealing with a strong Aussie dollar, making your visit there more expensive. But if you plan to stay, you’ll find that few English-speaking countries with quality health care and good infrastructure will benefit as much as Australia from the economic booms in Asia and China.

The Australian economy is powered by agricultural, mineral, and energy exports that feed the voracious appetite of rapidly industrializing populations in Asia. Housing in Australia remains expensive by global standards. But there are plenty of jobs for skilled expats who can ride the Asian boom from the sandy, sunny, and safe beaches of the land Down Under.

3. Switzerland

For Harry Lime, in Graham Greene’s story The Third Man, all the Swiss have to show for five centuries of peaceful neutrality is the cuckoo clock. The rest of Europe, meanwhile, stumped on through rivers of blood to create art, history, and civilization.

This is rubbish. Switzerland is an award-winning country because it turned all its natural disadvantages to its own advantage, ending up as a super-efficient, high-tech society while still managing to play Alpine inn-keeper to the world. Moreover the cuckoo clock comes from the Black Forest in Germany.

Lacking natural frontiers or a unifying religion, and divided by five different languages, it sensibly decided that internationalism was its calling, quickly adding English to the French, German (two kinds), Italian, and Romansch (like ancient Latin) its people already speak so that foreigners of every linguistic persuasion could feel at home. Altruism followed from this and Geneva became home to the United Nations and the Red Cross.

Landlocked, mountainous, and without natural resources (except cheese), Switzerland still needed more than tourism to provide a living. So it developed secretive banks, whose potential clientele is numberless and efficient engineering and pharmaceutical industries whose appeal similarly knows no borders.

Such achievements reinforce each other. Tourists gladly clamber into Alpine cable cars because they trust their Swiss steel cables and electric motors. Jump on a Swiss train and you know you will arrive on time. Swallow a Swiss pill and you know it won’t poison you. Likewise, you know the bank will always be discreet and the hotel room spotless. You also know everyone will speak your language. The Swiss succeeded because they made everything work.

4. Germany



Some Americans (often ex-military) retire to Germany. One forum poster mentioned being thrilled that youth culture hasn’t taken over. Techno-throb Berlin and numerous summer rock festivals refute that, but this is the land of Goethe and Beethoven. Theater, art, and classical music concerts aren’t considered elitist.

Will your medical insurance fund a health spa stay? Probably not, but it happens here with a doctor’s recommendation. Despite the global downturn, Germans have it pretty good. Along with 30 days paid annual holiday, the average employee earns €41,509 ($61,433).

In Germany, everything works and works well. Its houses are built to last, and their legendary autobahns are still mostly without speed limits. If you enjoy sports, even small towns have numerous facilities. Some odd ones too—the Harz Mountains now has a specialist hiking trail for nudists. From spas to parks to North Sea beaches, Germany is arguably the world’s most naturist-friendly country.

Romantics adore its Christmas markets and fairytale towns of half-timbered houses. Some favorites are Quedlinburg and Wernigerode in Saxony, and the Black Forest spa town of Baden-Baden. The latter has a posh reputation, but you could buy a 55-sqaure-meter apartment for $160,000. Or rent for $673 monthly.

5. New Zealand



From Auckland’s waterfront to the Southern Alps, English-speaking New Zealand boasts some of the most pristine landscapes on earth. Much of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was filmed here. For younger migrants with the right skills, it’s a wonderful place to relocate and raise a family. There’s huge emphasis on sports, beach-life, and healthy lifestyles.

New Zealand’s immigration department sums up the attractions perfectly. “In many ways it’s not what we have that’s important to our quality of life—it’s what we don’t have. We don’t have high crime rates, our police don’t carry guns and instances of corruption are virtually unheard of. We don’t have abject poverty or hunger and we don’t have the pollution, congestion, health issues and cramped city living that we see elsewhere.”

Unless you buy your way in as an investor, it’s difficult for retirees to get permanent residency. But you could rent or purchase a home and live there part-time. Seasons are reversed, so it’s possible to enjoy two summers a year. However, property prices are rebounding. Taken nationally, latest figures show the average home costs $274,881.

6. Luxembourg



If we judged quality of life by a nation’s Michelin-starred restaurants per square mile, the winner would be the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. A founder member of the EU, its national motto is Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sin (we want to remain what we are).

Only 51 miles long and 35 miles wide, landlocked Luxembourg is relatively unknown to Americans. Yet with per capita GDP of $88,000, it’s among the world’s richest countries. Most apartments in its postcard-pretty capital—also called Luxembourg—cost at least $7,400 per square meter. But they come with an operetta scene of medieval turrets, bridges, and flower-filled squares.

Ruled by a Grand Duke, a third of Luxembourg’s 420,000 inhabitants were born elsewhere. Add cross-border workers, and foreigners account for 60% of its labor force. Although the official language is Lëtzebuergesch, English, French, and standard German are widely spoken—cosmopolitan Luxembourg is an international finance center and tax haven. However, its bank secrecy laws are now under scrutiny.

7. United States



From Florida’s palm-lined coasts to Alaska’s snow-covered crags…from the dazzle of New York to the big skies of Montana…the U.S. has, arguably, something to offer everyone.

And no question: It is the land of convenience. No place else on Earth is it easier to get what you want, when you want it.

The U.S. is safe. It’s comfortable. It can even be affordable. As readers will on occasion point out: It’s possible to rent a place in central Nebraska for the same price you’ll pay in Merida, Mexico. (Though that does beg the question: There amid the cornfields, can you see the opera, enjoy the café culture, or be at the beach in half an hour?)

It’s hard to beat the day-to-day ease you enjoy in the U.S. You can buy eye drops at a pharmacy at 3 a.m. and have dinner delivered to your door in 30 minutes or less. We are efficient. (And, if you’ve ever tried to shop on a Sunday in France or get a driver’s license in Italy in under 45 days, you appreciate the merits in that.) But—as our editors and readers living overseas are quick to point out—convenience (and the frenetic pace that comes with it) is often overrated.

8. Belgium



Divided into Flemish-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia, Belgium also boasts high scores. Since medieval times, its merchant cities have prospered. The capital, Brussels, grabs most attention, but Bruges and Antwerp (famed for diamond trading) also flaunt stepped-gable houses and splendid guildhalls.

Employing thousands of foreign staff, Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. A dreary place of paper-shuffling bureaucrats? Not at all.

Ringed with parks, it’s Europe’s greenest capital. Along with many international schools, it delivers all an expat could desire: theater, English-language cinema, sports centers, great public transport, Trappist-brewed beers, numerous gourmet and ethnic restaurants, and fast trains to London, Paris, and Amsterdam. As they rarely plan to stay, most expats rent. In central Brussels, one-bedroom apartments start at $740 monthly.

Like its delectable chocolates, Brussels has a soft-centered heart. The municipality not only sterilizes stray cats, it appoints someone to feed them. Its main library offers storytelling in sign language for deaf children. And disadvantaged citizens can attend cultural events at hefty discounts.

9. Canada



Stretching from the islands of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in the east to Vancouver Island in the west and north to the Arctic Circle, Canada is a diverse country of incredible natural beauty and resources.

Health care and living standards are among the highest in the world. Canada’s economy is based on vast natural resources, a robust financial industry, and innovative manufacturing including the renewable energy sector. Canada has remained resilient through the global financial crises. The banks are considered “more Swiss than the Swiss banks,” and property markets are “on fire.”

Canada’s major cities (like Toronto and Vancouver) offer fantastic entertainment. Sports, theater, and concerts are widely accessible and affordable and there’s a rich offering of free festivals.

Cost of living is affordable, although the strong currency has made it relatively more expensive in recent times. Canada’s real attraction comes in the form of nature and outdoor activities. In summer, there’s hiking, boating, golf, and fishing. Winter offers outdoor activities like skiing, snow mobiling, and ice fishing. Canadians are warm, welcoming, and fun, and the country still retains many of the charms brought by her early visitors from Europe.

10. Italy



What Italians don’t know about la dolce vita (the sweet life) isn’t worth knowing.

OK, trains are often in ritardo (late), workers frequently strike, corruption isn’t unknown, and red tape comes in slow-moving triplicate. But balance that against Rome, Venice, and Florence…against mountains reflected in sapphire lakes…against golden beaches and hill towns cobbled with secrets.

Then throw in 60% of the world’s art treasures. A national health care system rated second in the world by the WHO. Sunflowers, vineyards, and opera. And the best espresso, pizza, and ice cream you’ll ever taste.

Admittedly, major cities and tourist hotspots are expensive. But the Mezzogiorno, Italy’s deep south, is different. Although unemployment is high and incomes far less than in the north, it’s just as colorful. As historic, too. Phoenicians, Greeks, and Saracens all left traces of their passing.

Southern winters are short and mild, summers are scorching hot, and jugs of wine cost $6.50. On Sicily and in slow-paced regions like Puglia, Basilicata, and Campania, affordable homes abound. Even farmhouses with a couple of acres surface for $60,000. Many village houses cost even less. Decent rentals start at $550 monthly.
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It's a good list but I wish they avoided ranking the cities. Just list all the great places and let people decide for themselves how they rank.
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Melbourne ahead of Sydney. Why was that?
Weather - Melbourne isn't known as Bleak City for nothing
Its only known as Bleak City in Sydney, because some smug idiot, in Sydney, thought of it. Sydney gets twice the rainfall Melbourne does. Melbourne's been in drought for 15 years. Look it up before you resort to more urban myths.

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Cost of Living - Melbourne slightly ahead
No, not close at all. Everything is ridiculously overpriced in Sydney. Melbourne has a long, long way to go before everything from the price of a drink to property gets as inflated as in Sydney.

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Night on the Town - A night on the town in Melbourne ends well if you get home without being stabbed.
Yeah there's never been a criminal in Sydney. Oh wait...It was founded by criminals. Ever heard of Kings Cross? Again, the idea that Melbourne is in any way "dangerous" is pretty much only spread around in Sydney. Despite the Sydney media's best efforts to make it look otherwise, Melbourne remains one of the safest cities in the world to live in.

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Nothing to do or see in Melbourne.
Have you ever been to Melbourne? The three main waterways; the bay, Albert Park Lake and the Yarra are next to the CBD. Water activities are not an issue. Fed Square, the country's premier arts precinct at Southbank, the country's premier sports precinct. Not to mention the retail/entertainment in CBD itself... Only a complete ignoramus or someone who couldn't be bothered finding out would say there's nothing to do in Melbourne.

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Nice cities all of the 29. Deffinately their are all in my MUST VISIT list.

For now, Ive only been in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Miami, New York, Chicago, La Vegas, Madrid, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Going to San Francisco this August.
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Melbourne ahead of Sydney. Why was that?
Weather - Melbourne isn't known as Bleak City for nothing
Cost of Living - Close run thing, Melbourne slightly ahead
Professional Life - Sydney home to more International companies than all other Australian capitals combined. Even the stock exchange moved from Melbourne to Sydney due to lack of relevance in Melbourne
Dating - Most Men in Sydney are Gay so straight men have easy pickings. It is Sydney women that have to go to Melbourne looking for men.
Night on the Town - A night on the town in Melbourne ends well if you get home without being stabbed. Sydney much better (and safer)
Day on the Town - Nothing to do or see in Melbourne. Sydney has the markets, shopping, harbour, etc
Fresh Air Factor - Sydney has national parks on 3 sides, and the Pacific ocean on the other. You also have direct access to the harbour and the botanic gardens from the city.
I'm currently studying criminology and statistics show that over the past 15 years sydney has more homicides and violent crime per capita than melbourne. And melbouren's city parks generally shit all over sydneys. The rest is retarded and not worth responding to
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Why no Moscow? I think they didn't even attempted to rate it!
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Melbourne ahead of Sydney. Why was that?
Weather - Melbourne isn't known as Bleak City for nothing
Cost of Living - Close run thing, Melbourne slightly ahead
Professional Life - Sydney home to more International companies than all other Australian capitals combined. Even the stock exchange moved from Melbourne to Sydney due to lack of relevance in Melbourne
Dating - Most Men in Sydney are Gay so straight men have easy pickings. It is Sydney women that have to go to Melbourne looking for men.
Night on the Town - A night on the town in Melbourne ends well if you get home without being stabbed. Sydney much better (and safer)
Day on the Town - Nothing to do or see in Melbourne. Sydney has the markets, shopping, harbour, etc
Fresh Air Factor - Sydney has national parks on 3 sides, and the Pacific ocean on the other. You also have direct access to the harbour and the botanic gardens from the city.
You seem pretty damn insecure mate, just because Melbourne is ranked aboved Sydney in some worthless survey doesn't mean you have to turn it into a ridiculous city vs city debate Both Sydney and Melbourne are equally great in different ways. Live with it!
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You seem pretty damn insecure mate, just because Melbourne is ranked above Sydney in some worthless survey doesn't mean you have to turn it into a ridiculous city vs city debate Both Sydney and Melbourne are equally great in different ways. Live with it!
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Melbourne ahead of Sydney. Why was that?
Weather - Melbourne isn't known as Bleak City for nothing
Cost of Living - Close run thing, Melbourne slightly ahead
Professional Life - Sydney home to more International companies than all other Australian capitals combined. Even the stock exchange moved from Melbourne to Sydney due to lack of relevance in Melbourne
Dating - Most Men in Sydney are Gay so straight men have easy pickings. It is Sydney women that have to go to Melbourne looking for men.
Night on the Town - A night on the town in Melbourne ends well if you get home without being stabbed. Sydney much better (and safer)
Day on the Town - Nothing to do or see in Melbourne. Sydney has the markets, shopping, harbour, etc
Fresh Air Factor - Sydney has national parks on 3 sides, and the Pacific ocean on the other. You also have direct access to the harbour and the botanic gardens from the city.

Melbourne was and has been voted the most liveable city in the world. It was voted the worlds most sporting capital just this year alone. Melbourne is full of events, cultures, adentures etc Sydney is an amazin city always on show kind of like Barbie a bit plastic nevertheless it too has many attractions.
As they stated " they dont call it the lucky country for no reason", Sydney and Melbourne are very different and im glad as it allows this great country to be interesting and offer different things to its citizens and tourists. To sum up that most men in Sydney are gay or there is nothing to do in Melbourne shows that you should go online buy a $56 return ticket and have a look for yourself or maybe your partially blind and havnt been blessed to see how amazing this city is. I love Sydney but I would rather live in MELBOURNE and thats just a personal opinion. Wwe get your proud to be a Sydneysider but your kind of being a di ck head and letting down the whole country, bitter much?

Two Aussie cities in the top 10 no other country has got that so lets be civil and get over it.
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I think Buenos Aires was a little bit upper in the last year list, but anyway . . . BA rocks! and its always in the top10 cities to live.
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does sydney have a better nightlife than german cities like berlin/frankfurt/munich/ etc?
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Well.. Different lists has been published this year so far by Monocle, Wallpaper, Forbes etc..
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I love Los Angeles but I'm shocked to see it so high up on the list. In between Hong Kong and Paris no less.

Maybe we ARE improving our city.
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