The Worl´s Happiest Cities
10th - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Argentina's largest city makes the cut in part for its relative
proximity to the first city on this list. "It's a slightly diluted
version of Rio," says Leafar "I suspect people know far less
about Buenos Aires than Rio. They may not know it's in
Argentina,but they know it's in Latin America.
9th - Paris - França
Paris, je t'aime! Most people agree. "Paris is the most adored
city on the planet," says Leafar. "People think it's so beautiful,
so lovely, it must be happy.
8th - Roma - Itália
Ancient history meets modern sophistication in Rome, and
the rest of the world loves it. "Generally speaking, people
associate Italy with being laid-back and stylish," says Leafar.
People think the Italians are always happy, always in a party
7th- San Francisco - USA.
The lone American metropolis, San Francisco makes the list
because it's perceived by foreigners as the "most fun" of
America's major cities. "It's associated with gay pride," says
Leafar That's a happy image unless you're a raging homophobe.
6º - Madrid - spain
Spain's capital and largest city makes the list due to its
vibrant culture and high standard of living. That comes as
something of a surprise to Leafar, considering the absence of
Italian cities like Milan. "It's interesting that the Spanish are
perceived as being happier than the Italians," he says. "I find
the Spanish rather gloomy.“
5th - Melbourne - Austrália.
Australia's second city is a major center for arts and education,
but it makes the list because it's part of a well-liked nation.
"People know it's in Australia, and that it's full of Australians,
" says Anholt. "Therefore, it must be fun.“
4th- Amsterdam - Holand.
This historical trading hub is now a chic metropolis
--one where perceived happiness is abundant, if herbally
induced. "A lot of our respondents are young people," says
"Amsterdam fared well, I presume, because they think
everybody is stoned all the time. It's sex, drugs and rock and
3th- Barcelona - Spain.
Lively culture, warm weather and one of the best soccer teams
in the world are big draws for Barcelona. Leafar mean city.“
calls it "the classic Mediterranic
2sd - Sydney - Austrália.
Famous for friendly locals and its iconic opera house, Sydney
fared well in Anholt's survey because of its association with a
popular brand--Australia. "It's where everybody would like to
go," says Leafar "There's this image of this nation of people
who basically sit around having barbecues.
1st - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
Popular perception of the city is infused with images
of starry-eyed youngsters dancing into the dusk,
backed by mountains and dark sea. Not far from the
truth for a city that's home to the annual Carnaval