Helsinki Drops Off ‘Most Liveable Cities’ Top 10

Finnish capital had been on the list for the last few years, but falls out of favour now.

File picture of the cathedral in Helsinki's Senate Square, July 2018 / Credit: News Now Finland

Helsinki has dropped off The Economist Intelligence Unit‘s list of the world’s most liveable cities.

The Finnish capital had been in the top 10 since 2015, and last year ranked at number 9.

However, in the latest report published today, Helsinki has slumped to number 16 in the annual survey, carried out by economists and country experts.

The Economist Intelligence Unit grades 140 cities against a list of criteria to determine their ‘liveability’. Those criteria include quality of life, transport, political and social stability, crime rates, healthcare access and education.

Most Liveable Cities

At the top of the list for 2018 is Vienna as the world’s ‘most liveable city’, while Copenhagen is the only other European – and Nordic – city to crack the top 10.

Australia has three cities in the top 10: Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide; while Canada and Japan each have two spots with Calgary, Vancouver, Tokyo and Osaka respectively.

Least Liveable Cities

At the other end of the new report are the world’s least liveable cities, many of them notorious destinations due to conflict; corruption; high crime; overcrowding; poverty; and social and political instability.

The Syrian capital Damascus ranks in last place, followed by the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, and then Nigeria’s largest city Lagos.

Some cities are too dangerous to be surveyed, like Baghdad and Kabul, which don’t appear on the new list at all.