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View Poll Results: Which cities do you prefer & seem more interesting?
Canadian cities 54 48.21%
Nordic cities 58 51.79%
Voters: 112. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 08-27-2014, 11:15 AM
 
Location: The land where God created :)
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Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, etc. VS. Stockholm, Guthenburg, Malmö, Oslo, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, etc.?
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I'm not a fan of a skyscraper cluster and then endless highways and suburbia, so my vote go to the bikable, clean and safe Nordic cities. A plus is that Tampere, Finland, is the only inland large city in the Nordics, all other are coastal, which I value tremendously. And Tampere is surrounded by lakes. I've never lived more than 10 miles from the sea in my life, so living in Calgary or Winnipeg would be a huge culture shock.
My city, Turku, has even another benefit, a river and the sea.

I'm not saying that all of them are super interesting and beautiful here either, and we have sprawl as well. Though to a lesser extent than in North America.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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Just because of Montreal, I prefer Canadian cities. Nordic cities are nice too tho, but they are too small and clean for my taste.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:00 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I like Canadian cities in general, and some in particular, but I prefer Nordic cities by a Norwegian mile (~6:1) :-)
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I think that the Nordic cities in general have much better planning, are more human centric (as opposed to auto-centric) and on average are much more aesthetically pleasing.

That said, the Canadian cities are certainly every bit a livable as the Nordic cities and if you take affordability into account they might have a slight advantage even.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Originally Posted by Ariete View Post
I'm not a fan of a skyscraper cluster and then endless highways and suburbia, so my vote go to the bikable, clean and safe Nordic cities. A plus is that Tampere, Finland, is the only inland large city in the Nordics, all other are coastal, which I value tremendously. And Tampere is surrounded by lakes. I've never lived more than 10 miles from the sea in my life, so living in Calgary or Winnipeg would be a huge culture shock.
My city, Turku, has even another benefit, a river and the sea.

I'm not saying that all of them are super interesting and beautiful here either, and we have sprawl as well. Though to a lesser extent than in North America.
Calgary is very "bikable "

"There are approximately 550 kilometres of pathways and 260 kilometres of on-street bicycle routes within Calgary, not including the pathways in Fish Creek Provincial Park. The recreational and commuting opportunities are endless."

The City of Calgary - Pathway and Bikeway Plan

Calgary has some lakes and of course The Bow river.

Winnipeg has two rivers, The Red River and The Assiniboine River, plus huge Lake Winnipeg to the north with white sand beaches.

I am in agreement about the sea though. I have lived my life always with less than 2 K's from the sea. Lakes and rivers are nice, but the sea is different as you know.

I should add that Vancouver, my home, has the sea, rivers and lakes.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I voted for Nordic cities ONLY because per the OP's question, they " seem " more interesting to me, because I have yet to visit them. Whether I would still hold the same opinion after visiting…not sure.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I should add that Vancouver, my home, has the sea, rivers and lakes.
There are a few decent-sized hills near your city as well. I think you call them ''mountains"!
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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Just because of Montreal, I prefer Canadian cities. Nordic cities are nice too tho, but they are too small and clean for my taste.
What´s wrong with clean cities?
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Norway
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What´s wrong with clean cities?
May be he is missing gang related riots and car torching offered by Paris, but I guess Stockholm also can offer that, can't they?
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