From hotspots making the most of modern technology to up and coming nations filled with modern architecture, here are the most modern cities in the world.
Sometimes it can feel like the world is moving at such a pace that it’s impossible to keep up. New developments and progressions seem to happen by their hundreds every day.
While this can be scary, it’s exciting to see brand new developments that could change how we work and live our day to day lives.
From groundbreaking transport systems to modern architecture, innovative technology and progressive attitudes towards social and political issues, there are lots to look forward to.
This is particularly relevant as businesses and governments look towards how we can live more sustainably.
So, if you’re hungry for a taste of the future, why not pay a visit to the most modern cities in the world?
The World Bucket List’s top tips for visiting the most modern cities in the world
- Before going, research all key and modern attractions you want to see.
- Modern day cities will have a world-class transport system in place, so make sure to utilise it to get around the city.
- Many modern-day cities will have wifi and internet access throughout their centres.
- Make sure to talk to locals and soak up the culture of the modern-day cities.
- A good test of the modernity of a city can be its nightlife, so make sure to explore before the night ends.
10. Stockholm, Sweden – the perfect city for startups
Kicking off our list of the most modern cities in the world is Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
Spread across 14 islands, Stockholm has a thriving economy, advanced tech companies, and a vast number of startups.
9. Hong Kong – one of the most densely populated cities
Hong Kong may be, for many, one of the primary places that come to mind when you envision modernity.
As one of the most densely populated cities globally, Hong Kong is known for its huge skyscrapers, glittering neon lights, 24-hour action, and busy central district.
8. London, UK – once perhaps the most modern city in the world
Once hailed as perhaps the most modern city in the world, the UK capital has slipped to eighth position. However, London still has plenty going for it in terms of modernity.
A world-leading economy, the city itself perfectly blends historical and modern architecture to create a truly unique feel. It also ranks high on our list of the 30 best cities in the world to visit.
7. San Francisco, USA – the most modern city in the States
San Francisco is the only American city to make the top ten most modern global cities. The Golden Gate Bridge helps it up the list.
Known as the tech hub of the States, home to the famed Silicon Valley, many of the modern advances we use today have come out of this thriving central California city.
Industry leaders, such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and even NASA, have bases here.
6. Shanghai, China – one of the leading economic centres of the world
Shanghai is the most populated city in China, boasting an incredible population of over 14 million residents.
Home to an ever-growing financial centre, Shanghai is one of the leading economies of the world. Adding to the city’s modern feel is the abundance of towering glass skyscrapers, modern architecture, and glittering bright lights.
5. Seoul, South Korea – one of the most modern cities in the world
The capital of South Korea has come on leaps and bounds in the last 50 years to become one of the most modern cities in the world, although, you should still be aware of Korean etiquette and culture when visiting.
Following the devastation of the Korean War, many people chose to relocate from the country’s rural areas to the city.
Now, almost 20% of the country’s entire population live in Seoul, meaning huge amounts of investment and urban planning has been focused on the capital. Although it can get hot in this South Korean city in the summer, it gets very cold in the winter, so make sure know where it snows in South Korea when planning a trip. Here is the perfect guide to winter in Korea.
4. Bangalore, India – the centre of IT in India
Bangalore is the most modern city in India, thanks to its innovative spirit and expansive IT sector.
Home to a wealth of hardworking engineers, western tech companies such as Dell and many others moved their head offices to this thriving city. Now, the city is home to various tech startups, research institutes, and an expanding biotech industry.
3. Helsinki, Finland – a surprise entry
The Finnish capital city may come as a surprise addition to many as one of the world’s most modern cities, but this thriving city has been taking great strides towards modernity.
Some of the most modern aspects of Helsinki include its progressive social attitudes, modern Scandinavian architecture, and impressive advances in technology and internet access.
2. Singapore – a progressive city-state
This city-state of Singapore has become, in recent years, one of the most modern cities not only in Asia but across the world.
After gaining independence in 1965, this city-state has been focused on the future. Singapore is not only one of the richest countries in the world. Rather, it is also known as one of the most progressive.
From towering skyscrapers made of glass to striking modern architecture, including an impressive yet terrifying floating infinity pool, the feeling of modernity is all around.
1. Tokyo, Japan – the undisputed modern city of the world
Known for its futuristic approach and innovative use of digital technology in everyday life, Tokyo tops our list of the most modern cities in the world.
Contemporary design, towering skyscrapers, and neon lights can be found all across the city. Meanwhile, Japanese technological advances have a far-reaching impact worldwide, from the latest smartphones to high tech vehicles.
Tokyo at night has a highly efficient transport system and futuristic dating rituals with plenty of interesting things to do at night. Thus, this advanced city is years ahead of the rest of the world in numerous areas.
Your questions answered about the most modern cities in the world
Something on our mind that we haven’t already answered? Don’t worry, in this section we’ve compiled some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions and popular questions that have been asked online about the most modern cities in the world.
What country has the most modern cities?
There is no definitive answer, but countries such as China, Japan and the UAE would have the most modern cities.
What is the most modern city in the UK?
London is the most modern city in the UK. Other than that, Manchester may be the second most modern.
Where is the most developed city in the world?
The most developed city in the world is Tokyo. Honourable mention must also go to Singapore, New York and Paris.
What is the most technologically advanced city on earth?
Again, this is subjective. However, Amsterdam ahs 286 tech start-ups, while cities such as Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore are also technologically advanced.