Helsinki

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.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
196/265
Details
Large apartment$1800.00
Medium apartment$1500.00
Rent index [score]0.57
Small apartment$1100.00

Cost of Living

4
217/248
Details
5km taxi ride$15.00
A Cappuccino$4.10
A beer$3.20
A kilogram of Apples$2.70
Bread$1.70
Inflation [score]0.41
Lunch$15.00
Monthly fitness club membership$63.00
Monthly public transport$65.00
Movie ticket$16.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$87.96

Startups

6
73/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups6
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.44
Coworking spaces [score]0.40
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.55
Meetups groups168
Meetups members42804
Number of investors87
Number of startup events in the last 12 months326
Number of upcoming meetup events27
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events45
Startup events [score]0.59
Startups [score]0.70
Total number of startups707

Venture Capital

6
37/207
Details
Venture capital [score]0.58

Travel Connectivity

5
70/265
Details
Airport hub88
Airport hub [score]0.42
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.53

Commute

6
45/254
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.76

Business Freedom

9
13/263
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
59/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.88
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents34
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.91
Lack of guns [score]0.82
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.87

Healthcare

8
71/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.69
Healthcare quality [score]0.85
Life expectancy (years)81.08
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

5
47/239
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)11
PISA ranking6
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.96
PISA reading (high school)3
PISA science (high school)5
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
12/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.97
Cleanliness [score]0.91
Drinking water quality [score]0.93
Urban greenery [score]0.81

Economy

4
207/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.85
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate-0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.14
GDP per capita$40346.97
GDP per capita [score]0.65

Taxation

5
112/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.65
Income tax level [score]0.31
Profit tax (% of profit)0.38
Time overhead to file company taxes93
VAT (Sales Tax)0.24

Internet Access

5
145/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)28.00
Internet access (download) [score]0.52
Internet access (upload) [score]0.58
Upload speed (Mbps)14.56

Leisure & Culture

7
71/264
Details
Art galleries127
Art galleries [score]0.87
Cinemas91
Cinemas [score]0.67
Comedy clubs48
Comedy clubs [score]0.80
Concert venues116
Concerts [score]0.90
Historical sites80
Historical sites [score]0.71
Museums59
Museums [score]0.70
Performing art venues93
Performing arts [score]0.73
Sport venues82
Sports [score]0.90
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.84

Tolerance

7
100/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index77.55
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.79
LGBT adoption rights✖ Step-child adoption only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
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]0.70

Outdoors

5
127/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters52.20
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 most expensive 20 percent of all 248 Teleport cities. 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)

$1,600$2,100
$1800
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$63
Movie ticket$16
Broadband internet connection$21
Monthly public transport$65
Lunch$15
-13%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Helsinki are above average. For this job type, Helsinki ranks 121st for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Helsinki.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$45,117
Median salary
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Locals review Helsinki

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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

7%
For annual salary of $40000
15%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

24%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

155/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

77/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

34.20
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 35 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Finland in Kabul, Afghanistan

Street 10, Lane 1, House 39, Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: +93-20-210 3051,+93-700-284 034

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People in Helsinki

Population of Helsinki

1,058,100
1,009 /km²
127/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
Helsinki

Demographics of Finland

Median age
42
Elderly people
21%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$40,347
132/262
Unemployment
9%
202/263

Languages

English proficiency score
67
112/228
Common spoken languages
Finnish

Friends living in Helsinki

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Teleport Users  X  Helsinki

Teleport users who are      Helsinki

Work in:

Software Engineer
11.07%
Founder
5.63%
Marketing Manager
4.13%
Web Developer
3.94%
Graphic Designer
3.56%
Web Designer
3.38%
Project Manager
2.25%
Other
66.04%

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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

The "Daughter of the Baltic", Helsinki (Finnish) (Helsingfors in Swedish) is Finland's capital and largest city. Founded in 1550, Helsinki became the capital of the Finnish Grand Duchy in 1812, when the Russian Empire rebuilt it as a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie. Today, Helsinki is a city of 600,000 people, combining the atmosphere of an international metropolis with the coziness of a small town. The city is best seen during its short summers, when the sun brings the outdoor bars and cafés to life and even the nights are light. While visiting in winter is more of a challenge, Helsinki is one of few large cities in Europe with a good chance for snow on Christmas.

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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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Finland
6th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

12th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

65th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

26th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

4th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

16th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

7th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

4th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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