Why Helsinki

Why Helsinki

The most pressing global challenges will be solved on a city level. Helsinki, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, is a perfect testbed for future solutions.

Aleksi Poutanen
Aleksi Poutanen

Helsinki – the capital of the happiest country in the world.

Helsinki is a city for all, a place for good life

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a smart, stable and compact city that is known for its unique combination of urban culture and the calm of nature. The city cherishes its open, participatory culture that is a source for its innovative and creative atmosphere. In Helsinki, we constantly aim at doing things a bit better each time, and believe in promoting a more sustainable way of life – for everyone. Find out the reasons why Helsinki is a perfect match for you.


Helsinki is one of the most equal capitals in the world and the world’s best city for establishing a healthy work-life balance. Here you have an opportunity to work for the world’s most innovative companies, and at the same time, enjoy your freedom beyond work. A fair family leave policy, regulated working hours and public healthcare services freely available to anyone, allow you to focus on the things that matter the most to you.

© Karoliina Bärlund


Helsinkians enjoy the best work-life balance in the world.

getkisi.com, 2021


Finland has the best quality of life in the world.

CEOWORLD magazine, 2021


Finland is the second most gender-equal country in the world.

World Economic Forum, 2021

A well-functioning city

A reliable society that is politically and economically stable makes up the building blocks of a well-functioning and safe business environment, which helps to protect your company from unexpected quakes. In Helsinki, all the little stuff is taken care of for you, so that you can concentrate on living your best life. A city that works is a city that makes everyday life easier for the people and companies operating within it.

© Jussi Hellsten


Finland is the most peaceful and stable country in the world.

Fragile States Index, 2020


Finnish Business Environment is the best in the world.

Global Innovation Index, WIPO, 2020


Finland is the third least corrupted country in the world.

Transparency International, 2020

A city of mutual trust

Helsinki is a city in which people can trust one another and where the social hierarchy is balanced. Finnish society is among the safest in the world, and Helsinki is a place where you can move freely, without concern. Helsinki is a small, supportive city which gives individuals and organisations the freedom for trial and error. The transparency of Finnish society manifests itself, for example, in its freedom of the press and freedom of speech.

© Jussi Hellsten


Helsinki is the second safest city in the world.

Mercer, Quality of Living Rankings, 2019


Finns’ trust in other people is the highest in Europe.

Eurobarometer, 2018


Finland is second in the world for freedom of the press.

World Press Freedom Index, 2021

Nature, space and silence

Helsinki is one of the few capital cities in the world where real nature is so close to its inhabitants. With 40 percent of the city consisting of green areas, along with 130 km of seashore open to all, this means you always have the option of taking some time out and reconnecting with nature. The air quality is superb, clean water is abundant, and there are quiet spots everywhere, even in the city centre. The city is designed to be walked or biked in – so no need to sit in traffic jams breathing in fumes.

© Julia Kivelä


Helsinki has the highest quality drinking water among the European capitals.



Helsinki has the fifth best air quality in the world.

IQ Air, 2020


Helsinki is the fourth healthiest capital in Europe.

treated.com, 2020

Climate leadership

Climate change is one of the central drivers of change affecting quality of life globally. Helsinki is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, and to promoting a more sustainable way of life for everyone. Along with New York, Helsinki is one of the first cities in the world to report UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a city level. Whether it’s initiating a global one-million-euro competition to find sustainable heating solutions, or investing heavily in reducing emissions from construction, climate actions are not empty promises here.

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Helsinki is the first city in Europe, and second in the world, to report UN Sustainable Development Goals.

City of Helsinki


Finland ranks second in the world in the Sustainable Travel Index.

Euromonitor, 2021


Helsinki ranks third in Europe in achieving sustainable development goals.

SDG Index European Cities, 2019

Do you want to know more?

Still not convinced why you should choose Helsinki? Explore our wealth of information further, or get in touch, we will be happy to help you out.

© Julia Kivelä

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