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Last updated on: November 8, 2011 09:12 IST

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There are some cities in the world where earnings are really high.

Based on a ranking released by UBS, a Swiss banking giant, we present 30 most richest cities, including two from India, in the world.

New Delhi

Rank in 2011: 69

Rank in 2009: 70

New Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is home to three Unesco World Heritage Sites: Humayun's Tomb, the Qutb complex and the Jantar Mantar.

It is one of the world's top global cities.

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Image: India Gate in New Delhi.
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Mumbai

Rank in 2011: 73

Rank in 2009: 67

It is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of about 20.5 million.

Along with the neighbouring urban areas, including the cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world.

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Zurich

Rank in 2011: 1

Rank in 2009: 2

It is located in central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich.

While the municipality itself has about 380,500 inhabitants, the Zurich metropolitan area is an urbanised area of international importance constituted by a population of nearly two million inhabitants.

Zurich is a mixed hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zurich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.

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Geneva

Rank in 2011: 2

Rank in 2009: 3

Geneva is a global city, a financial centre, and a worldwide centre for diplomacy and the most important UN international co-operation centre with New York thanks to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross.

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Copenhagen

Rank in 2011: 3

Rank in 2009: 1

Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life.

It is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities. The water in the inner harbour is clean and safe for swimming.

About 36 per cent of all citizens commute to work by bicycle.

Every day, they cycle a combined 1.2 million kilometre.

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Oslo

Rank in 2011: 4

Rank in 2009: 5

Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping.

It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe.

The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of which are amongst the world's largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers.

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Sydney

Rank in 2011: 5

Rank in 2009: 20

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales.

It is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea.

As of June 2010, the greater metropolitan area had a population of 4.6 million people.

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Stockholm

Rank in 2011: 6

Rank in 2009: 17

Stockholm is the site of the national Swedish government, the Riksdag (parliament), and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister.

Since 1980, the monarch has resided at Drottningholm Palace outside of Stockholm and uses the Royal Palace of Stockholm as his workplace and official residence.

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New York City

Rank in 2011: 7

Rank in 2009: 4

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the centre of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world.

New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education and entertainment.

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Luxembourg

Rank in 2011: 8

Rank in 2009: 8

Luxembourg is a member of the European Union, Nato, OECD, the United Nations, Benelux and the Western European Union, reflecting the political consensus in favour of economic, political, and military integration.

The city of Luxembourg, the largest and capital city, is the seat of several institutions and agencies of the EU.

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Munich

Rank in 2011: 9

Rank in 2009: 7

Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in livability rankings.

Munich achieved seventh place in frequently quoted Mercer livability rankings in 2010.

For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 15th globally out of 289 cities in 2010, and fifth in Germany by the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index based on analysis of 162 indicators.

In 2010, Monocle ranked Munich as the world's most livable city.

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Los Angeles

Rank in 2011: 10

Rank in 2009: 6

Los Angeles is a world centre of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education.

It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States.

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Frankfurt

Rank in 2011: 11

Rank in 2009: 9

Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe.

It is seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large commercial banks.

Frankfurt Airport is one of the world's busiest international airports, Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal stations in Europe, and the Frankfurter Kreuz is one of the most heavily used Autobahn interchanges in Europe.

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Brussels

Rank in 2011: 12

Rank in 2009: 11

Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by a descendant of Charlemagne into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants.

The metropolitan area has a population of over 1.8 million, making it the largest in Belgium.

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Helsinki

Rank in 2011: 13

Rank in 2009: 12

Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities.

About 70 per cent of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.

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Toronto

Rank in 2011: 14

Rank in 2009: 24

With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous city in North America. Its metropolitan area with over 5 million residents is the seventh-largest urban region in North America.

Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, and is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to over 8.1 million residents - about 25 per cent of Canada's population.

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Montreal

Rank in 2011: 15

Rank in 2009: 25

Montreal is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities, was called "Canada's Cultural Capital" by Monocle magazine and recently was named a Unesco City of Design.

Though historically the commercial capital of Canada, it was surpassed in population, as well as economic strength, by Toronto after 1976.

Today it continues as an important centre of commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, film and world affairs.

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Dublin

Rank in 2011: 16

Rank in 2009: 10

The city is currently ranked 29th in the Global Financial Centres Index and is listed by the GaWC as a global city, with a ranking of Alpha, placing Dublin among the top 30 cities in the world.

It is a historical and contemporary cultural centre for the country, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.

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Amsterdam

Rank in 2011: 17

Rank in 2009: 15

The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands.

Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city.

In 2010, Amsterdam was ranked 13th globally on quality of living by Mercer, and previously ranked third in innovation by 2thinknow in the Innovation Cities Index 2009.

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Berlin

Rank in 2011: 18

Rank in 2009: 16

Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science.

Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, and convention venues.

Berlin also serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport, and is a popular tourist destination.

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Tokyo

Rank in 2011: 19

Rank in 2009: 18

Tokyo has been described as one of the three "command centres" for the world economy, along with New York City and London.

This city is considered an alpha+ world city, listed by the GaWC's 2008 inventory and ranked third among global cities by Foreign Policy's 2010 Global Cities Index.

In 2010, it was named the fourth Most Liveable City and the World's Most Livable Megalopolis by the magazine Monocle.

The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.

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Chicago

Rank in 2011: 20

Rank in 2009: 14

The city is a centre for services, business and finance and is listed as one of the world's top 10 Global Financial Centres.

The World Cities Study Group at Loughborough University rated Chicago as an "alpha world city."

In a 2010 survey collaboration between Foreign Policy and AT Kearney ranking cities, Chicago ranked sixth, just after Paris and Hong Kong.

The ranking assesses five dimensions: value of capital markets, diversity of human capital, international information resources, international cultural resources, and political influence.

Chicago has been ranked by The Atlantic as the world's fourth most economically powerful city, and by Forbes as fifth most powerful.

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Miami

Rank in 2011: 21

Rank in 2009: 13

Miami is a major centre and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts and international trade.

In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education and other sectors.

It ranked 33 among global cities.

In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Miami "America's Cleanest City", for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets and city-wide recycling programmes.

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London

Rank in 2011: 22

Rank in 2009: 21

London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence.

It is the world's largest financial centre alongside New York City and has the fifth-largest city GDP in the world (and the largest in Europe).

It has the most international visitors of any city in the world and London Heathrow is the world's busiest airport by number of international passengers.

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Vienna

Rank in 2011: 23

Rank in 2009: 19

This city rates highly in popular opinion-based journalistic rankings from magazines such as the Economist Intelligence Unit, which rated it the second best city in which to live according to their Global Livability Survey in 201, as well as Monocle, where it is rated eighth among the Top 25 Livable Cities in 2010.

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Paris

Rank in 2011: 24

Rank in 2009: 22

Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.

It hosts the headquarters of many international organizations such as Unesco, the OECD, the International Chamber of Commerce or the informal Paris Club.

Paris is considered as one of the greenest and most liveable cities in Europe.

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Lyon

Rank in 2011: 25

Rank in 2009: 23

Economically, Lyon is a major centre for banking and also the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries.

The city contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games, and in recent years has focussed on a growing local start-up sector.

Lyon also hosts the international headquarters of Interpol, Euronews and International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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Milan

Rank in 2011: 26

Rank in 2009: 26

Milan is recognised as a world fashion and design capital, and it has thus been ranked by GaWC as an Alpha world city in 2010, as well as the 42nd most important global city.

An important centre of the international arts and musical scene, the city holds several renowned institutions, theatres and museums, as well as important monuments, including a Unesco World Heritage Site (Santa Maria delle Grazie); the metropolis also hosts several important events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world.

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Nicosia

Rank in 2011: 27

Rank in 2009: 27

Through the years Nicosia has established itself as the island's financial capital and its main international business centre.

Nicosia is consistently ranked as one of the richest cities in the world in per capita income terms.

In the past few years Nicosia has seen remarkable progress regarding its infrastructure with the most remarkable being the central Eleftheria square currently in progress.

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Auckland

Rank in 2011: 28

Rank in 2009: 34

The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland fourth in the world on its list, while The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities index of 2010 ranked Auckland in 10th place.

In 2010, Auckland was classified as a Beta World City in the World Cities Study Group's inventory by Loughborough University.


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