International Achievements

Success from around the world

This site offers a selection of the success that Helsinki and Finland has reached in comparisons and know-how. The news is collected from several sources, among others from Finnfacts’ Good News from Finland site.

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May 2018

Helsinki tops social cohesion category in Cities in Motion index

The international Cities in Motion Index (CIMI) carried out by IESE Business School ranked Helsinki 22nd overall in the index, which comprises 165 cities. Helsinki kept its top spot in the social cohesion category. Helsinki improved its overall ranking by seven places from last year and nine places from 2015, which was used as the reference year for the index.

Further information: IESE Cities in Motion Index


April 2018

Helsinki region public transport ranked second in European benchmarking

Helsinki region maintained its second place in the 2017 BEST survey comparing public transport systems of some European cities. Geneve came out on top. The other cities included in the survey were Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Rotterdam and Bergen. Satisfaction with public transport in the HSL area had increased by two percentage points in two years.

HSL area ranked above the BEST average in public transport loyalty (HSL 76%, BEST average 61%) and value for money (HSL 50%, BEST 40%). In addition, satisfaction with the reliability of public transport (HSL 78%, BEST 69%) and the availability of seats ((HSL 85%, BEST 66%) stand out in the comparison.

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Global Startup Ecosystem Report: Helsinki number one with its local connectedness

Startup Genome compares annually startup ecosystems and their strengths. The report was published today at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. It states that Helsinki is an example for the whole world with its local connectedness. In addition, Helsinki was well presented as the gaming hub, but also AI and health were acknowledged as Helsinki’s strengths.

More information: Startup Genome Report 2018

Helsinki 14th on the Global Sports Impact GSI Cities Index

Helsinki was ranked 14th on the Global Sports Impact (GSI) Nations and Cities Index. Also two other Finnish cities were among the best 100: Lahti 91st and Tampere 97th.

The index is based on an in-depth analysis of almost 700 major multi-sport games and world championships over a rolling 14-year period, covering seven years in the past and seven years in the future. For example, in April 2018, the analysed period was 2012–2025.

The aim is to identify which cities and nations are bidding for and winning the right to host global sports events.

More information: Global Sports Impact (GSI) Cities Index

March 2018

Spotahome ranking: Helsinki named the best city for equality

Spotahome researched various aspects of equality to find out how a number of cities and countries in Europe compare with each other. Helsinki was ranked as the best city for equality in Europe.

Spotahome’s Equality Index for cities ranked 33 European cities on 10 distinct equality factors. Equality Index for countries measured 36 European countries against 6 distinct equality factors. Finland was ranked fifth.

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The smart neighbourhood of Kalasatama awarded

The smart neighbourhood of Kalasatama in Helsinki won the first prize of its category in the international KNX Award contest. Kalasatama's smart real estate and housing automation and energy solutions participated in the contest along 40 other propositions. In total, almost 10,000 propositions were submitted to the contest.

In Kalasatama, the KNX standard is used in the automatisation of the building services engineering. This means that the system steers the functions of the buildings, such as the heating, lighting and safety technology in a flexible and energy-efficient way. Kalasatama is becoming the world's most extensive integrated area that utilises a building services engineering standard.

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KNX Award


UN report: Finland happiest in the world

Finland has topped the 2018 Global Happiness Report, published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by happiness levels, assessing factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. This year, for the first time, the report also evaluated 117 countries on the happiness and wellbeing of their immigrants. Finland topped also this ranking.

World Happiness Report


February 2018

Greater Helsinki number one with its’ FDI strategy in international ranking

European Cities and Regions of the Future -study ranks annually the most promising investment location in Europe. This year fDI Intelligence, a service from the Financial Times, named Greater Helsinki as the winner in the FDI strategy category, when comparing small regions. In addition, Uusimaa region won in its own size category.

This particular category compares how well regions attract foreign direct investments and the ability of the regional development agencies to market the region for the investors. In the Helsinki region, this work is done by regional development agency Helsinki Business Hub.

More information: fDI Intelligence


January 2018 

Helsinki fifth in growing and attracting top talents

Helsinki was ranked fifth in the GTCI study’s city comparison. According to the study, the strengths of Helsinki and Finland are social mobility, formal education, openness and equality of the sexes. Other strengths are tolerance of minorities and collaboration across organisations.

The comparison examines the cities' and countries' abilities to grow and attract top talents to their region as well as retain them.

Finland ranked sixth in the GTCI country comparison this year.

The GTCI study was carried out as a cooperation between INSEAD, Adecco Group and Tata Communications.

More information: The GCTCI study

The Port of Helsinki takes the top spot among European passenger ports

In 2017, Helsinki grew to become the busiest passenger port in Europe and possibly the entire world with 12.3 million passengers. Passenger numbers continued to increase on the Helsinki-Tallinn route in particular.

More information: Port of Helsinki


September 2017

Helsinki's city reputation continues to be strong

The reputations of different cities were mapped in the “City RepTrak – The World’s Most Reputable Cities 2017” comparison published by Reputation Institute on 28 September 2017. In the comparison, Helsinki ranked 16th out of 56 cities.

Based on the survey, the reputation of Helsinki is strong among those who know the city, but the city recognition as a whole can still afford to be bumped up.

The research method used was an online questionnaire about city perceptions. About 23,000 consumers in the leading industrial G8 countries participated in the survey. The surveyed dimensions were Advanced Economy, Effective Government and Appealing Environment.  The recipients were asked about for instance their views on beauty, safety and business friendliness in the surveyed cities.

Read more: City RepTrak


August 2017

Helsinki among top 10 finalist for European Innovation Capital Award 

Helsinki is one of ten finalist for the European Innovation Capital (iCapital) Award. iCapital is a competition held roughly biennially by the European Commission for the purpose of finding the best urban innovation ecosystems in Europe.

Helsinki profiles itself as an innovation city through innovation platforms of its own such as Smart Kalasatama and experiments with artificial intelligence in road traffic. Other collaboration networks and cooperation projects, too, such as Smart & Clean, the Kaupunkiakatemia City Akademy, Helsinki Think Company, Health Capital Helsinki and Merit, bear witness of the city’s strong innovation ecosystem. Graphic design is also something that Helsinki uses cross-sectionally and efficiently, and the city harbours a strong culture of creative commons and business start-ups.

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University of Helsinki is the 56th best in the world

The University of Helsinki repeated its record ranking from last year, retaining its 56th position in the Academic Ranking of World Universities issued by ShanghaiRanking. The University maintains its goal to rank among the top 50 universities in the world.

Among Nordic universities, the University of Helsinki ranked third.

There are approximately 17,000 universities in the world. The top 800 of the Shanghai ranking featured 29 Nordic universities: 11 from Sweden, seven from Finland, six from Denmark, four from Norway and one university from Iceland.

More information: ShanghaiRanking

Helsinki in 9th place in liveability comparison

Helsinki reached ninth place in The Global Liveability Report 2017 by The Economist. A total of 140 cities from around the world were compared.

Helsinki kept its position from last year, making it the only Nordic country ranked in the top ten.

Over 30 factors were compared, including stability, infrastructure, education, healthcare as well as culture and environment.

More information: The Global Liveability Report 2017

June 2017

Helsinki climbs to 15th spot in UIA rankings of congress cities

Helsinki climbed to the 15th place in The Union of International Associations (UIA) annual congress city statistics. Helsinki is now the most popular city for international association meetings in the Nordic region.

The latest statistics published by UIA cover congress events held in 2016. Accordingly, 286 international association meetings attended by 60,790 congress visitors were held last year in Helsinki. These congresses generated almost EUR 115 million in tourism income for the Finnish capital.

More information: International Meetings Statistics Report

March 2017

Helsinki Airport named the world’s best airport

Online travel agency eDreams/Travellink has published a list of the best airports around the globe, with Helsinki Airport coming out on top.

The listing was based on more than 65 000 reviews submitted by eDreams customers during 2016.

According to the site, Helsinki Airport received the highest score this year, “thanks to the efficiency of security checks, the optimal cleaning standards and the top-notch services provided to the passengers.”
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Helsinki places sixth in a Financial Times European city ranking

Helsinki sails to sixth place in a ranking of the best European cities by the Financial Times’ fDi Intelligence unit.

The unit produces the European Cities and Regions of the Future report, which assesses cities and regions in terms of their potential to attract foreign direct investment (FDI).
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The University of Helsinki placed 56th in the Shanghai ranking of world universities

The University of Helsinki placed as the 56th best university in the world in the Shanghai ranking.

This represents the University’s best-ever result on the internationally most acclaimed ranking list, and an improvement of 11 positions from the previous year.
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Helsinki one of the cleanest capital cities on Earth

The Telegraph has published a list of the top 10 cleanest capital cities in the world, with Helsinki coming in eighth place.

Helsinki’s enthusiasm for pedal power helped it achieve a high ranking. According to the article, “The city now has 2 400 odd miles of cycle lanes, which have been enthusiastically embraced by locals.”

The Telegraph also noted Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make motor vehicle ownership obsolete by 2025.
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University of Helsinki among the world’s top 100 in 24 fields

This year, The QS World University Rankings covered 46 subjects, and the University of Helsinki provides teaching in 33 of them. The University of Helsinki now ranked among the top 100 in 24 subjects, one more than last year. This year, the University’s ranking for six subjects rose, 17 remained the same as last year and 10 fell.

The QS World University Rankings includes 1,127 universities from among the world’s 18,000 in total.
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February 2017

Finland is the best country for raising a family

A survey by InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, rated 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1-7. Finland came top because no expat parent had anything negative to say about their children’s health, children’s safety, or children’s well-being in Finland. 70% of expats said the quality of education there is excellent, this is compared to the global average of just 21%.

Expats rated everything from childcare and education, to children’s health and safety.
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January 2017

Helsinki third in the Global City Talent Competitiveness Index

Helsinki made it to the third spot in the Global City Talent Competitiveness Index. In the country ranking of the same report, the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017, Finland was ranked ninth.  

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) is a benchmarking report measuring the ability of countries to compete for talent. It ranks 118 countries based their ability to grow, attract and retain talent. The annual report was launched for the first time in 2013. The city-focused index was published for the first time this year.

This year, GTCI focuses on how technology affects talent competitiveness and the nature of work. Finland is ranked best in formal education, vocational enrolment, social mobility, environmental performance, employability, ease of finding employees and availability of scientists and engineers.
The Global City Talent Competitiveness Index 2017

Finland 3rd among the least corrupted countries of the world
Finland was ranked third in Transparency International's corruption index. Transparency International is a global civil society organization fighting against corruption.
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