03.09.2013

Helsinki among the world’s most liveable cities

Finland’s capital city is ranked eighth in survey by Economist Intelligence Unit, scoring top marks for stability and healthcare.

Helsinki has maintained its position among the most liveable cities in the world, ranking eighth in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s survey of 140 cities around the world. The rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in any given location, and allows for direct comparison between locations.

Helsinki’s overall rating was 96.0 out of the ideal 100 points and it performed consistently well across the survey’s 30 qualitative and quantitative factors that were divided into five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. The Finnish capital scored 100 for both stability and healthcare, 94.4 for infrastructure, 91.7, for education, and 90 for culture and environment.

High living standards

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the survey assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses, from benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.

Helsinki’s high ranking means that there few, if any, challenges to living standards experienced by expat employees moving to the city.


Source: Economist Intelligence Unit