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Did you know it? 10 facts about Montréal

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Studying

Montréal is Canada’s top student city, ranking second in North America and eighth in the world according to the 2014-2015 QS Best Student Cities index.

China’s Bank of Communications 2013 Sea Turtle Index also ranks Montréal as the best city in the world for foreign students.

Working

Greater Montréal has one of the fastest-growing and most flexible labour markets in North America, particularly in high-tech industries.

Investing

Greater Montréal ranks first for business cost competitiveness among North America’s 20 largest metropolitan areas according to a study by KMPG (2014).

Getting around

Montréal is the first bicycle-friendly city in Canada and is among the TOP 20 in the world according to the 2014 Copenhagenize Index.

Having fun

With its 20 venues and 650 shows, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (International Jazz Festival of Montréal) is the largest event of its kind according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Living

Greater Montréal has over 17 major parks and 1,160 neighbourhood parks, including the iconic Mount Royal, designed in 1876 by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who created New York’s Central Park.

Montréal is the 3rd friendliest city in the world  according to Rough Guides (2014).

Innovating

Greater Montréal’s strength lies in its innovative economy built around industrial clusters that bring industry players together around common goals and attractive projects.

The New York-based Reputation Institute places Greater Montréal in its Top 10 cities with best reputations (2014).

Creating

Greater Montréal’s creativity is famous all over the world – so much so that Montréal was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006.

Getting inspired

Montréal is one of the world’s Top 10 hip cities according to The New York Times.

Building

With its 25 construction sites, Emporis ranks Montréal as third in North America for the number of high-rises being built. This construction boom is set  to continue into 2015 as new projects continue to be kicked off.