A tram and a bicycle in Käpylä.

Helsinki is the third best city to live in

London and New York were the only cities that ranked higher than Helsinki in the international Cities of Choice survey. The ranking was conducted by Boston Consulting Group and BCG Henderson Institute. The survey used 155 indicators, and 25 000 residents from 80 different cities participated in the survey.

The survey had five assessment categories: quality of life, economic possibilities, social capital, interaction between residents and authorities and speed of progress. The categories comprised in total 27 different assessment points.

Helsinki succeeded in all five assessment categories, but there were notable differences between different assessment points inside the categories. Helsinki received the best result in the category that concerned quality of life, in which it ranked in places 1.-9. at six different points: dwelling, mobility, health care, education and development, public spaces and entertainment and recreation. The climate had a declining effect on the quality of life for Helsinki’s residents, and Helsinki was placed in positions 37.-45. concerning this question.

- Helsinki is a city for good living, above all. During the past four years, we have worked in a determined manner to implement our vision to be the most functional city in the world, and an even better place to dwell and live for every single resident in Helsinki. It is great that the result of our work is visible also in the outcome of the Cities of Choice ranking, says Mayor Jan Vapaavuori.

Further information:
International survey

Photo: Julia Kivelä