Helsinki has improved its position in a global ranking of 25 cities with the best quality of life published by Monocle, a British lifestyle magazine.
The Finnish capital climbed three spots to battle its way into the top-10 of the annual ranking, receiving praise particularly for its well functioning transport networks and close proximity to nature.
Monocle also characterised the city as fun and lively, calling attention to the de-regulation of the restaurant sector, vibrant design scene, burgeoning start-up scene and popular festivals such as Flow and Sideways.
The 2018 Quality of Life Survey was topped by Munich (DE), Tokyo (JP) and Vienna (AT). Helsinki ranked 10th overall and 8th among European cities.
The City of Helsinki highlights in a press release that the strengths and weaknesses identified by the lifestyle magazine have varied considerably over the past couple of years. The magazine recommended this year that the city enhance the appeal of the Töölö Bay, last year that the city develop its pedestrians areas and two years ago that the city promote the integration of immigrants while developing its suburbs and nightlife options.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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