Switzerland Takes Out Top Spot in Monocle’s Best Small Cities Index / LUXURY TRAVEL MAG
Monocle’s inaugural Small Cities Index ranks the top 25 best places in the world to relocate to
Lausanne has taken out the number one spot in Monocle’s inaugural Small Cities Index. The ranking was published on Thursday 28 November 2019 in the magazine’s special annual title ‘The Forecast’, which looks at the places and trends that will shape the coming year. It is the first time the publication has focused on smaller hubs, with populations of up to 200,000.
Lausanne – population 140,000 – won as a result of its global outlook, multilingual population (40 per cent of residents are not nationals), good schools, public transport (it’s the smallest city with a metro in the world), great natural setting and its hosting of key employers, including the International Olympic Committee. The Swiss city of Basel also made the list, coming in at number 14.
Increasingly popular among international tourists, Tasmanian capital Hobart also made the top four.
The following places have been identified as the top 25 small cities in the world: