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Monday, December 13, 2010

The best places in the world to live

The best places in the world to live

If heaven really was a place on earth, we're betting these 10 places are all slices of that gorgeous pie.

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1. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is one of Europe's most vibrant urban spaces. Few cities in the world slide so effortlessly between the past and the present with Vienna's old-fashioned imperial buildings rubbing shoulders so amicably with the new MuseumsQuartier cultural hub.

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2. Zurich, Switzerland
Synonymous with worldwide banking, Zurich has an economic and cultural importance that belies its unassuming size. Blessed with blissfully clean air, the stunning Lake Zürich and the Altstadt district with its fine boutiques and restaurants, it is little wonder the locals are so contented.

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3. Vancouver, Canada
Surrounded by the ocean and sitting in the shadow of majestic mountains, Vancouver is a shiny, modern North American metropolis infused with a lighthearted candour. Vancouverites mainly live for the outdoors and nowhere is better for discovering British Columbia's awesome wilderness.

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4. Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland may not be New Zealand's capital but it is the country's largest city. From the pulsating waterfront, up through the busy Downtown district and into the vastly distinct suburbs and the glorious beaches, there isn?t an inch of the city that isn't thriving with energy.

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5. Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt am Main, is the dynamic and international financial and trade fair city with the most imposing skyline in Germany. The dynamic European city is a global village, a melting pot of cultures, languages and lifestyles.

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6. Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm is an undeniably cutting-edge and intriguing city. Spread across 14 islands on the waters of Lake Mälaren, the Swedish capital is a cool Nordic beauty with remarkable surroundings.

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7. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is the soul of the Australian surf, sand and sun. At the heart of the city is the harbour, one of the most beautiful waterways in the world; the curves of the Sydney Opera House shimmer in the sunlight and dozens of white sails float beneath the Harbour Bridge.

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8. Helsinki, Finland
Nowhere else in the world will you find a place where the trees outnumber the human inhabitants, except in Helsinki. Finland also has the largest family of islands compared to any other country in the world.

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9. Tokyo, Japan
Within the confines of superbly innovative and avant garde contemporary buildings, the Japanese have remained true to their heritage, preserving many aspects of tradition and culture. With its neon lights and unquenchable thirst for trends, Tokyo screams consumerism.

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10. Copenhagen, Denmark
Boasting stunning modern architecture, world-class restaurants and progressive designs, Copenhagen has much to offer. Despite being the largest city in Scandinavia, the quaint city somehow still manages to maintain a warm provincial, small-town atmosphere.

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