Helsinki

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Quality of life in Helsinki

By Minja Orava

Helsinki is a unique mix of influences from the Nordics and the East. The city center is small enough to navigate by foot but offers a thriving underground cultural scene and more than 50 annual city festivals. Finland is a world leader in clean technology and Helsinki is very environmentally conscious with 90% of all bottles and cans recycled. The society prides itself on one of the best primary and secondary education systems in the world, equal opportunity and tolerance, creating a high standard of living and welcoming environment for innovation and tech start-ups.

Helsinki is one of the top ten city matches for 3.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
193/263
Details
Large apartment$1728.59
Medium apartment$1354.79
Rent index [score]0.61
Small apartment$980.99

Cost of Living

4
201/261
Details
5km taxi ride$12.00
A Cappuccino$4.20
A beer$2.80
A kilogram of Apples$2.40
Bread$1.00
Inflation [score]0.43
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$62.00
Monthly public transport$56.00
Movie ticket$13.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$87.72

Startups

6
78/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups10
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.42
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.42
Meetups groups118
Meetups members26228
Number of investors87
Number of startup events in the last 12 months253
Number of upcoming meetup events32
Startup climate scene [score]0.52
Startup events17
Startup events24
Startup events [score]0.46
Startups [score]0.71
Total number of startups770

Venture Capital

7
36/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.69

Travel Connectivity

5
72/260
Details
Airport hub88
Airport hub [score]0.42
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.51

Commute

5
60/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.77

Business Freedom

9
13/259
Details
Business freedom90.70
Business freedom [score]0.99
Freedom from corruption89.00
Freedom from corruption [score]1.00
Lack of labor restrictions53.70
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.34
Time to open a business14.00
Time to open a business [score]0.85

Safety

8
63/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.81
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents28
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.91
Lack of guns [score]0.87
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.89

Healthcare

8
59/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.75
Healthcare quality [score]0.82
Life expectancy (years)81.08
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

5
51/230
Details
Best university in rankingAalto University
Best university ranking225
Country mean scores in PISA math test526.53
Country mean scores in PISA reading test524.02
Country mean scores in PISA science test545.44
PISA math ranking (high school)8
PISA ranking5
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.96
PISA reading (high school)6
PISA science (high school)4
Percent of happy students0.65
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.12
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.17
University quality [score]0.13

Environmental Quality

9
15/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.93
Cleanliness [score]0.89
Drinking water quality [score]0.97
Urban greenery [score]0.84

Economy

4
203/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate-0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.14
GDP per capita$40346.97
GDP per capita [score]0.64

Taxation

5
103/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.65
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.38
Time overhead to file company taxes93
VAT (Sales Tax)0.24

Internet Access

6
61/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)37.68
Internet access (download) [score]0.67
Internet access (upload) [score]0.62
Upload speed (Mbps)15.90

Leisure & Culture

7
69/263
Details
Art galleries102
Art galleries [score]0.91
Cinemas86
Cinemas [score]0.67
Comedy clubs48
Comedy clubs [score]0.80
Concert venues121
Concerts [score]0.91
Historical sites72
Historical sites [score]0.72
Museums58
Museums [score]0.69
Performing art venues114
Performing arts [score]0.78
Sport venues54
Sports [score]0.88
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.84

Tolerance

7
98/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index78.28
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.80
LGBT adoption rights✖ Step-child adoption only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rightsOther type of partnership
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.54

Outdoors

5
121/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters54.50
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)36.00
Water access [score]0.85
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Helsinki are in the 201st place of all 261 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Finland. Moving to Helsinki will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$828$1,134
$981
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$62
Movie ticket$13
Broadband internet connection$21
Monthly public transport$56
Lunch$12
-19%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$47,876
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

27.50
Guns per 100 people
3.25
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Helsinki in position 50 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Helsinki

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LGBT rights in Helsinki

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Other Type Of Partnership

Adoption

Step-Child Adoption Only

Climate

Average day length (hours)

13.3

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Helsinki

Helsinki (Finnish) or Helsingfors (Swedish) is the capital of Finland. Founded in 1550, the "Daughter of the Baltic" has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie. Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel. The best time to visit is in summer, when Finns peel off their overcoats and flock to outdoor bars and cafes to enjoy the sunshine.

The city of Helsinki forms the core of Finland's largest urban area, known in Finnish as the "capital area" (pääkaupunkiseutu). Helsinki is bordered by the Gulf of Finland to the south, while the posh suburban city of Espoo, with the embedded tiny enclave city of Kauniainen, is to the west. The more industrialized city of Vantaa is to the north and east. Beyond these three, the suburbs rapidly give way to small towns, farms and forests, most notably Nuuksio National Park at the intersection of Espoo, Vihti and Kirkkonummi.

Within Helsinki itself, the city center is on the southern peninsula at the end of the city's main thoroughfare Mannerheimintie (or just Mansku). Both the central railway station and the main bus terminal are in the city center. Shopping streets Aleksanterinkatu (or Aleksi for short) and Esplanadi (or Espa) connect to Senate Square (Senaatintori), the historical center of the city. See the Helsinki Guide Map for an interactive searchable map of the city.

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