Helsinki tops the annual Quality of Life index of the British lifestyle magazine Monocle. Helsinki rose to the top from fifth place in 2010 in this index that list the 25 best cities in the world according to factors that go beyond basic economic and social criteria, focusing on aspects that can bring happiness and ease to everyday life.
The magazine describes Helsinki as an unorthodox but well-deserving champion, saying, “The Finnish capital stands out for its fundamental courage to rethink its urban ambitions, and for possessing the talent, ideas and guts to pull it off.”
Monocle’s editorial team, led by editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé, sought to recognise cities that are loveable as well has liveable. This time the results recognise elements such as “24 hour metabolism” where cities were given bonus points for not shutting down at 10pm, the balance between old-fashioned architecture and forward planning, and the number of charging points for electric cars.
Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen is pleased with the ranking. He says, “We have worked a great deal to make Helsinki a healthy, functional and enjoyable city for both residents and visitors. I am happy about this remarkable recognition.”
Helsinki outperformed Zürich at number two and Copenhagen at number three rank. Munich, last year’s winner, took fourth place.