Helsinki, Finland’s capital and most populous city, is nonetheless pretty small by modern metropolitan standards. But it has a very low crime rate, good social services, high-functioning public transit, and a dedication to green projects, clean energy and efficiency that makes many of its peers pale in comparison.
Monocle explains why it chose Helsinki for the top honors:
Helsinki claims the number 1 spot in Monocle’s 2011 Quality of Life survey, which ranks the top 25 cities in the world to call home. Rising from ﬁfth position in 2010, Helsinki outperformed Zürich at number 2 and Copenhagen at number 3 to claim the mantle as the world’s most liveable city. An unorthodox but well-deserving champion, the Finnish capital stands out for its fundamental courage to rethink its urban ambitions, and for possessing the talent, ideas and guts to pull it off.
The folks at Monocle also have a fun video that dives further into what makes Helsinki so exemplary — watch it here.
What do you think — is Helsinki really the world’s best city to live in? What do you look for in a city?
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