Lisbon included in Monopoly’s 80th anniversary edition

Lisbon is one of the 22 cities to be included in the 80th anniversary edition of popular board game Monopoly.

National media reports that the Portuguese capital was the fourth most popular city in a poll organised by Hasbro to decide which places should feature in the game.

Illustrated by a photo of Belém Tower, Lisbon will feature in what will be the “second most valuable neighbourhood” – alongside Istanbul (Turkey) and Riga (Latvia).

Lima (Peru), Hong Kong (China), Warsaw (Poland), Mexico City (Mexico), Santiago (Chile), Belfast (Ireland), Athens (Greece), Belgrade (Serbia), London (England), Moscow (Russia), Tokyo (Japan), New York (USA), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Sydney (Australia), Queenstown (New Zealand), Cape Town (South Africa), Taipei (Taiwan), Giethoorn (the Netherlands) and Madrid (Spain) are other cities to be included in the anniversary edition.

Monopoly is recognised as one of the world’s most popular board games, allowing its players to try and lead their opponents to bankruptcy while taking over all available neighbourhoods.

The idea for the game goes back to the turn of the last century in America, spreading to the UK and beyond in the 30s.

In 1941, the British Secret Intelligence Service had John Waddington Ltd. – the licensed manufacturer of the game in the UK – create a special edition for World War II prisoners held by the Nazis. Hidden inside the games were maps, compasses, real money and other objects useful for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners by British secret service-created fake charity groups.

Since the brand has been taken over by American toy multinational Hasbro, many versions have been launched – with over one billion people worldwide believed to have enjoyed them.