Calgary is the fastest growing city in Canada and has been known in the past as a center for oil and gas. Today it has taken on an added attraction in sports and is becoming more sought by tourists. It has light manufacturing. It was chosen by the Economic Intelligence Unit as a leading city to live in.
Honolulu is a tourist center and has light manufacturing. It has an excellent public transit system with dedicated bus right of ways that has been singled out for praise by the American Public Transportation Association.
Helsinki is Finland's gateway to international trade and communication. It is the political capital of the country and its business, media and cultural center. It has a slightly aged tram and subways system and a light rail commuter system.
Ottawa is Canada's capital and its fourth-largest city. Its economy revolves around a mix of government functions and high tech business. It is called the Silicon Valley of the north. Ottawa has an operating light rail system for transportation.
Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and is clearly a twin city with St. Paul. It is the state's media, business and cultural center. It makes heavy use of bike lanes but also has a well functioning light rail and bus system.
Oslo is Norway's capital and largest city. It is a maritime center for the country, and shipping companies constitute a major business. It has the largest cargo port in Norway.
Stockholm is the political and economic capital of Sweden. It specializes in large line of service industries, and the city is nearly devoid of heavy industry. As the country's financial center, it's also where mansion corporations have their headquarters, and it has a renowned transportation system.
Zurich is Switzerland's largest city and has a global presence. It is the cultural capital of German-speaking Switzerland. It has been described as the city with the highest quality of life in the world. It enjoys high speed trains, expressways, trams, buses and has a high rate of traffic.
Katsuyama is a small city in the Fukui Prefecture with a large presence in sports such as skiing and in tourism. It is also well known for its major dinosaur museum. It is a new city, having been founded in 1954.
The capital of Switzerland, Bern is a cultural and shopping center as well. Its economy, beyond the national governmental functions, is in high tech and financials. It is known for being a major producer of dairy products and chocolate.
Montreal, Canada's second-largest city, is a major area for commerce, industry, culture and world affairs. It has a significant presence in electronics, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. It has a wide array of public transportation, including subways, buses and commuter lines.
Vancouver, in British Columbia, is Canada's major port and a significant air terminal. It is a center of forest product and mining companies. It has emerged as an important place for software development, biotechnology, and the film industry. It has a broad array of public transportation including trams, interurban trains, ferry services and is mostly clear of motorways.
Lexington is known as the Athens of the West and as the Horse Capital. It has moved on from there with some manufacturing, a concentration on technology and considerable educational services. It has a public transit system that is mainly buses, a full range of highways and considerable traffic for a clean city.
Pittsburgh is Pennsylvania's second-largest city. Though formerly a steel capital of the U.S., it has turned around and is now into healthcare, education, robotics, technology and financial services. It is a city of bridges with mass transit, buses and Amtrak.
A city with a broad array of industries: automotive, electronic, optical and with a strong presence from Siemens. It is deeply involved in industrial research. The city has many motorways, high speed rail, trams, buses and a metro system, and yet it is rather clean.
Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland is an international services center situated on Lake Geneva with a global presence that involves governmental services, international trade and finance. Its transportation network is most noted for its trolleys and trams, but it also has extensive rail and bus service.
Auckland to a great extent depends upon an extensive road system for transportation. It is the largest city in New Zealand, the largest port and holds over a quarter of the population. It does, however, have a network of rail lines, buses (limited) and ferry service. It combines commerce and industry with the headquarters
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and the political center. It has many cultural offerings for the size of the city. It is considered a place of high quality for living. It has a public transit system that includes buses, trains, rail and ferries.
Dublin is at the heart of Ireland. It is the capital and seat of government as well as the center of culture, media, communications and high tech labs and educational institutes. Its transportation consists of buses, light rail, walkways and cycle paths. Its most famous manufacturing is beer.
Amsterdam is a major port and a center for large Dutch corporations like Philips and Heineken. It is very bicycle friendly, and the city discourages car traffic in the downtown area. The city has a ring road for car traffic.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and situated along Lake Ontario. It is the economic center of a large region and specializes in finance, telecommunications, media and software development. It has the third-largest public transport system in the Western hemisphere.
Lyon is the third-largest city in France and is known for its gastronomy as well as its cinema production and business services. It supports a public transit system including a metro, bus lines, train lines and extensive bicycle opportunities.
Copenhagen is Denmark's capital and largest city with a new bridge to Sweden. It offers programming and other intellectual capital services. It has unique pedestrian walkways and shopping. The city offers public bicycles as well as having trams, bus service and train lines for further out commutes.
Kobe is part of the region called Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto. It is a port city and a city of bridges. It has rail lines, expressways and supports some manufacturing. It is known for having headquarters of national and international companies.
Omuta is a port city that has a considerable stake in commercial fishing. It was once know by its proximity to now-closed coal mines. It has industry including a recycling industry today and a transportation system that is comprised of intercity rail and buses.
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