August 19, 2015

Helsinki one of the world’s most liveable cities

Long summer days are the icing on the cake for locals enjoying life in the Finnish capital.
Long summer days are the icing on the cake for locals enjoying life in the Finnish capital.
Lauri Rotko / City of Helsinki

Helsinki is officially the 10th most liveable city in the world in 2015, after the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published its annual Liveability Ranking.

The sister company to The Economist newspaper surveyed some 140 cities, measuring the best and the worst living conditions around the world. In-house analysts and in-city contributors utilised 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories, including stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.

Each factor in a city was rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable.

Melbourne, Australia was ranked the most liveable location for the fifth year running, followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna and Vancouver, Canada.

Rounding out the bottom three on the list were Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Damascus, Syria.

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