Lausanne ranked the best small city in the world in Monocle’s inaugural ‘Small Cities Index’

The Swiss city of Lausanne topped the chart and ranked as the best small city in world in Monocle’s inaugural ‘Small Cities Index’. The new index compiled by Monocle’s correspondents, editors and researchers, ranks the best 25 cities in the world with a population of under 200,000.


Lausanne, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, secured the top spot for its natural setting, diverse population, global outlook, and quality of public transport as well as rail and air connections, amongst other contributing ranking factors.
The international appeal for visitors and businesses alike also played a role, with Lausanne being home to many international companies and federations. One of which is the International Olympic Committee – giving Lausanne the title of the Olympic Capital since 1994.

With a population of just over 140,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest city in Switzerland has something to offer for every stage of life and for all travel interests, from great quality food, natural vistas and adventure opportunities to a great cultural offering with leading museums and exhibitions.

Speaking of the achievement, Steeve Pasche, Director of Lausanne Tourism has said: “We are incredibly honoured to be ranked at the top of this list and to see our city’s rich and diverse offering rewarded. This result is the joint effort of all our partners, who work continuously to make Lausanne the perfect city to live in, focusing on offering an exceptional quality of life!”

Lausanne’s dynamism, cultural and sporting heritage, culinary wealth and quality hotel infrastructure attracts visitors from around the world, and lends itself to the perfect city break escape.
Next year Lausanne will be welcoming a host of international visitors to the recently opened multimillion-pound cultural hub Plateforme 10, the 2020 Youth Olympic Games taking place in January, and the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship.


For further information, please contact :
Steeve Pasche, Director, +41 21 613 73 51
David Werlen, Media Relation Manager, +41 21 613 73 63

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