Study finds that Paris has most cinemas, London most museums, Tokyo most bookshops and New York most theatres.
Paris has three times the number of cinemas as London, twice as many public libraries, far more bookshops, theatres and music venues while London has more museums, restaurants, night clubs and green spaces.
The figures emerge from the World Cities Culture Report 2012 [PDF] published on Wednesday - an international survey which is the biggest of its kind examining in number crunching detail the cultural offerings of 12 cities, although the authors stress that it is not an attempt to rank them.
One of the report's central points is that world cities are as important in terms of culture as they are in finance or trade. The report says: "Culture in all its diverse forms is central to what makes a city appealing to educated people and hence to the businesses which seek to employ them."
...It uses 60 different indicators and reveals that London has the most museums at 173 which includes 11 national museums; while Berlin has 158 combined; Paris has 137; and New York has 131. Paris has the most art galleries (1,046) followed by London (857), New York (721) and Tokyo (688).
The importance of public libraries is explored with Paris coming way out top in numerical terms. It has 830 public libraries compared to Shanghai's 477, London's 383, Tokyo's 377, Johannesburg's 234, New York's 220, Sydney's 154 and Berlin's 88. Paris also has more bookshops – 1,025 to London's 802, although Tokyo has the most (1,675); Shanghai has 1,322 and Johannesburg has 1,020.
Paris has the most cinemas (302) and cinema screens (1,003) in the world, while London has 108 cinemas and 566 screens.
New York comes out top in terms of number of theatres. It has 420, compared to 353 in Paris, 230 in Tokyo, 214 in London and 184 in Istanbul.
London's theatre admissions total is the second highest at 14.2m – but it is dwarfed by New York which has twice that number at 28.1m.
Paris is top in terms of live music venues: a figure of 423 compared to 385 in Tokyo; 349 in London; 294 in Sao Paulo and 277 in New York.
London does come top for comedy performances: 11,388 compared to 11,076 in New York and 10,348 in Paris. And the city also has a strikingly high number of restaurants with 37,450, or 478 for each 100,000 of population.
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