New7Wonders announces 21 cities going through the next phase

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO


The names of the 28 Official Finalists of the New7Wonders Cities campaign have been announced by Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders.

In alphabetical order, the 21 Official Finalists are: 


Bangkok
Country: Thailand
Population: 8,280,925
Area (SM): 605.7
Density: 14,000.0


Barcelona
Country: Spain
Population: 4,604,000
Area (SM): 310.0
Density: 41,420.0


Beirut
Country: Lebanon
Population: 1,900,000
Area (SM): 40.0
Density: 47,500.0


Chicago
Country: United States
Population: 2,714,856
Area (SM): 234.0
Density: 11,864.4


Doha
Country: Qatar
Population: 1,312,947
Area (SM): 51.0
Density: 26,000.0


Durban
Country: South Africa
Population: 595,061
Area (SM): 87.2
Density: 6,800.0


Havana
Country: Cuba
Population: 2,141,993
Area (SM): 281.2
Density: 7,618.0


Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Population: 13,854,740
Area (SM): 2,063.0
Density: 6,720.0


Kuala Lumpur
Country: Malaysia
Population: 1,627,172
Area (SM): 94.0
Density: 17,310.0


La Paz
Country: Bolivia
Population: 877,363
Area (SM): 182.0
Density: 4,820.6


London
Country: United Kingdom
Population: 8,308,369
Area (SM): 1,572.0
Density: 13,690.0


Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Population: 115,041
Area (SM): 21.0
Density: 5,323.0


Mexico City
Country: Mexico
Population: 8,851,080
Area (SM): 573.0
Density: 15,000.0

Mumbai
Country: India
Population: 13,830,884
Area (SM): 233.0
Density: 59,410.0

Perth
Country: Australia
Population: 1,897,548
Area (SM): 2,079.5
Density: 739.4


Quito
Country: Ecuador
Population: 2,239,191
Area (SM): 125.0
Density: 18,000.0


Reykjavik
Country: Iceland
Population: 119,108
Area (SM): 106.0
Density: 1,131.0


Saint Petersburg
Country: Russian Federation
Population: 4,879,566
Area (SM): 555.6
Density: 8,782.5


Seoul
Country: Korea (South)
Population: 10,442,426
Area (SM): 233.7
Density: 45,000.0


Shenzhen
Country: China
Population: 10,357,938
Area (SM): 790.0
Density: 13,000.0


Vigan
Country: Philippines
Population: 49,747
Area (SM): 9.7
Density: 5,130.0

Since March 7, 2012, voters around the world have been making their choices from the more than 300 cities in the campaign’s second stage.

The Kuly 7 announcement in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, coincides with the 7th anniversary of the Official Declaration of the man-made New7Wonders of the World — the first global vote from New7Wonders — which took place on 7/7/07. Lisbon was the host site for the 2007 Declaration, and this linking of past with present involving the number 7, which is central to the concept of Global Memory, highlights the commitment of New7Wonders to its history and precepts.

Weber, in his announcement on Monday, said the diversity of the remaining cities in contention for the “canon of 7″ is “remarkable in terms of regional geography and urban culture.” He commended all involved in the individual city campaigns, praised the voters for contributing to the success of the New7Wonders Cities initiative and challenged thought leaders to debate the future of our rapidly urbanizing world. 

As with all New7Wonders campaigns, voting is via new7wonders.com, via the iPhone and Android apps, via the international telephone voting lines, and, where available, via national SMS. The New7Wonders Cities campaign now enters its penultimate voting stage, which will run until 7 October, when the list of 21 will be reduced to 14. The 7 Official New7Wonders Cities will be revealed on 7 December 2014.

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