Helsinki was ranked highly in several smart city comparisons in 2019. In addition to Helsinki being named the European Capital of Smart Tourism, other accolades included Kalasatama’s digital twin winning first prize at TechFest and the Helsinki-Uusimaa region being ranked the most innovative region in Europe.
1. European Capital of Smart Tourism
The European Commission named Helsinki last year’s European Capital of Smart Tourism. Several areas in Helsinki, such as Kalasatama, are constantly attracting innovation tourists interested in smart city solutions.
2. The best digital twin in Helsinki’s Kalasatama
The City of Helsinki’s Kalasatama Digital Twins project won the Cities Visionary Award and the Judges’ Supreme Award at the TechFest event held in London in late September.
3. The most innovative region in the European Union
The European Commission ranked the Helsinki-Uusimaa region as the most innovative region in the European Union in its Innovation Scoreboard 2019 study.
4. The best European region for foreign investments
A survey by the Financial Times ranked Helsinki-Uusimaa as the best mid-sized European region for foreign investments.
5. Best work-life balance
Helsinki was ranked the happiest city in the world with the best work-life balance in a study by US-based Kisi.
6. The third best city in the world for startups
Helsinki was ranked the third best city in the world for startups in startup research company’s Valuer’s study. The grounds for the ranking included the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and smart city development.
7. The fifth best smart city in the world
Helsinki was ranked the fifth best smart city in the world in Eden Strategy Institute’s ranking. The grounds for the ranking included the City’s open governance, Smart Kalasatama and cooperation with other cities under the Six City Strategy.
8. The eighth best smart city in the world
Helsinki was ranked eighth among smart cities in the IMD Smart City Index 2019.
Photo: Elise Kulmala.