Monocle #169: Dec – Jan 2024


Monocle’s bumper December/January double issue surveys the world’s most influential nations, from the European country with visa-free travel to 190 states to the Asian outpost with a crooning president. Elsewhere, we reveal the history of French animated storytelling with a comic of our own and plot a course for a fruitful festive shopping spree in a city near you.

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At the front
ContributorsA selection of this magazine’s creators.
Spheres of influenceAndrew Tuck introduces the issue.
The OpenerProtest music in Iceland, the UK talks turkey and why some authors get cabin fever.
Hook, line and winterHow Finland’s chilly pastime teaches valuable lessons in patience.
Just add waterThe sculptor Anish Kapoor on what it takes to find personal and artistic freedom.
Cold comfortMeet the crew of a luxury ship that’s breaking ice in the Antarctic.
The Agenda: Global briefings
The Agenda: AffairsThe stories you should be paying attention to – and the ones you might have missed.
The Agenda: BusinessThe economics of happiness, Canada’s sparkling success and dressing to impress.
The Agenda: CultureThe power of putting pen to paper and the Berlin record label bringing Middle Eastern and North African music to the fore.
The Agenda: DesignA gallery-cum-showroom in São Paulo and why Dubai is the next big design destination.
Global views: Long reads
Soft Power Survey 2023/24Monocle’s ranking of the countries that have mastered the art of subtle influence.
Security SurveyAmid global tensions and divisions, we meet some of the people across the world working to keep the peace.
Protect and serveMaking people feel secure is more important than ever. We shine a light on five firms that are doing it right.
Top drawIllustrator Hamo tells the tale of how Franco-Belgian comics became a charming soft-power tool.
Going out with a bangerToe-tapping tunes for a festive party, late-night boogie or a cool morning run.
The great beyondMonocle speaks to Mikael Bertelsen, the Danish TV executive rewriting the script for the small screen and selling his home nation’s TV formats abroad.
Iowa GuideIt may be the state’s long history of living off the land but Iowans are up-with-the-sun kind of people, ready to roll up their sleeves and set to work. Indeed, this has become Iowa’s pitch as an industrious crossroads of east and west, attracting newcomers with a lower cost-of-living and safe cities.
Domestic harmonyA warm welcome can go a long way. Meet the architects who are putting the principle at the heart of their Swiss apartment.
House rulesAs the weather turns colder, get the inside track on cosy living.
Tree radicalsFurniture designers speak about the challenges facing the woodworking industry.
Tools of the tradeHermès is working to put France’s leather-making tradition back on the map.
Creative resistanceWe profile three Ukrainian fashion-brand owners and entrepreneurs who are refusing to allow the war with Russia to derail their businesses.
Trading placesHow a new generation of shops is helping to keep in-person shopping alive.
Rich pickingsMonocle’s must-have list to get you and your loved ones through the winter months.
Christmas Shopping: BudapestBudapest, Hungary’s postcard-perfect capital, is home to no end of Christmas gifts. We source the best and brightest for the holidays.
City Gift GuidesThe Monocle team’s favourite shopping stop-offs for the festive season, from Dubai and Milan to London and Los Angeles.
Christmas RecipesFrom baked camembert with truffle croutons to all things roasted, here’s what to cook to warm up this season.
Legends in the bakingFive bakeries whose creations have become part of their cities’ festive traditions.

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Dimensions 30 × 24 × 2 cm


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