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The 30 most beautiful skylines in the world

Last updated on: May 9, 2013 06:34 IST

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Can a mathematical formula capture the beauty of a city? Building data website Emporis certainly thinks so.

It has ranked the best skylines in the world using statistics that assigns point to each building based on its floor count. The calculation does not include TV towers, masts, bridges, or other structures. Here's the list:

Sydney, Australia

Rank: 30

Number of points: 4,656

Number of buildings: 852

Population: 4,627,345

Area size: 12,144 sq km

Source: Emporis

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Miami, US

Rank: 29

Number of points: 4,796

Number of buildings: 300

Population: 408,750

Area size: 92 sq km

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Recife, Brazil

Rank: 28

Number of points: 4,881

Number of buildings: 1,104

Population: 1,555,039

Area size: 218 sq km

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rank: 27

Number of points: 5,083

Number of buildings: 1,710

Population: 2,891,082

Area size: 200 sq km

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Osaka, Japan

Rank: 26

Number of points: 5,213

Number of buildings: 1,466

Population: 2,871,680

Area size: 220 sq km

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Macau, China

Rank: 25

Number of points: 5,336

Number of buildings: 566

Population: 568,700

Area size: 21 sq km

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Istanbul, Turkey

Rank: 24

Number of points: 5,411

Number of buildings: 2,245

Population: 10,121,565

Area size: 1,991 sq km

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rank: 23

Number of points: 5,786

Number of buildings: 2,567

Population: 6,323,037

Area size: 1,182 sq km

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Rank: 22

Number of points: 5,931

Number of buildings: 410

Population: 10,187,595

Area size: 661 sq km

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Beijing, China

Rank: 21

Number of points: 6,670

Number of buildings: 905

Population: 7,746,519

Area size: 16,808 sq km

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Mumbai, India

Rank: 20

Number of points: 6,876

Number of buildings: 1,303

Population: 12,478,447

Area size: 621 sq km

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Incheon, South Korea

Rank: 19

Number of points: 7,235

Number of buildings: 412

Population: 2,710,579

Area size: 1,029 sq km

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Panama City, Panama

Rank: 18

Number of points: 7,418

Number of buildings: 213

Population: 880,691

Area size: 2,561 sq km

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Rank: 17

Number of points: 7,502

Number of buildings: 566

Population: 1,627,172

Area size: 244 sq km

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Chongqing, China

Rank: 16

Number of points: 8,599

Number of buildings: 546

Population: 6,300,000

Area size: 82,403 sq km

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Shenzhen, China

Rank: 15

Number of points: 8,640

Number of buildings: 368

Population: 3,538,275

Area size: 2,020 sq km

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Busan, South Korea

Rank: 14

Number of points: 9,804

Number of buildings: 257

Population: 3,614,950

Area size: 528 sq km

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Toronto, Canada

Rank: 13

Number of points: 10,438

Number of buildings: 1,908

Population: 2,615,060

Area size: 630 sq km

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Guangzhou, China

Rank: 12

Number of points: 12,524

Number of buildings: 512

Population: 6,560,500

Area size: 7,434 sq km

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Moscow, Russia

Rank: 11

Number of points: 12,746

Number of buildings: 3,815

Population: 11,503,501

Area size: 1,081 sq km

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Tokyo, Japan

Rank: 10

Number of points: 13,556

Number of buildings: 2,707

Population: 8,967,665

Area size: 621 sq km

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Bangkok, Thailand

Rank: 9

Number of points: 15,302

Number of buildings: 904

Population: 8,280,925

Area size: 1,569 sq km

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Shanghai, China

Rank: 8

Number of points: 15,976

Number of buildings: 1,005

Population: 17,836,133

Area size: 6,639 sq km

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Rank: 7

Number of points: 17,331

Number of buildings: 5,676

Population: 11,316,149

Area size: 1,523 sq km

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Seoul, South Korea

Rank: 6

Number of points: 18,055

Number of buildings: 2,898

Population: 10,581,728

Area size: 616 sq km

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Dubai, UAE

Rank: 5

Number of points: 18,823

Number of buildings: 629

Population: 2,104,895

Area size: 3,885 sq km

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Chicago, US

Rank: 4

Number of points: 19,647

Number of buildings: 1,134

Population: 2,707,120

Area size: 589 sq km

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Singapore

Rank: 3

Number of points: 19,962

Number of buildings: 4,398

Population: 5,312,400

Area size: 710 sq km

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New York City, US

Rank: 2

Number of points: 40,455

Number of buildings: 5,998

Population: 8,336,697

Area size: 800 sq km

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Hong Kong, China

Rank: 1

Number of points: 130,200

Number of buildings: 7,756

Population: 7,061,200

Area size: 1,053 sq km