Helsinki is ranked as the 8th most liveable city in the world in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual survey which assesses 140 cities worldwide. The overall liveability score is calculated from a combination of over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability healthcare culture and environment education and infrastructure.
Helsinki’s overall score in the survey is 96.0 from the ideal of 100 points. Helsinki scores the maximum 100 points in both the stability and healthcare categories, 90 points for Culture & Environment, 91.7 points for Education, and 96.4 points for infrastructure. The survey ranks Melbourne in first place with an overall score of 97.5.
According to Economist Intelligence Unit, the liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in any given location, and allows for direct comparison between locations. The assessment of liveability has a broad range of uses, from benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.