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Ship approaching port of Helsinki. Photo: Suvi-Tuuli Kankaanpää. Keksi Agency

Year 2020

Helsinki ranked 19th in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2021 comparison

Berlin, London and Paris were the top three in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2021 report by PwC and Urban Land Institute, which compares the future prospects of cities in terms of the real estate sector. Helsinki came in 19th place. The report states that Helsinki has seen positive development, since the city has grown and increased its appeal.

Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2021

Helsinki ranked 38th in the comparison of travel accommodation services

The European Cities Marketing association’s report compares utilisation rates of travel accommodation in its 119 member cities. In terms of overnight stays in total, the top spots of the statistics were taken by London, Paris and Berlin. Helsinki took 38th place. Helsinki came in second behind Oslo in the comparison of increases in overnight stays in Nordic capitals.

ECM Benchmarking Report

Helsinki Scandinavia’s most popular congress city in 2019

In 2019, Helsinki organised a total of 395 international congresses, says the annual International Meetings Statistics Report of the Union of International Associations (UIA). The report compares the numbers of congresses in cities. The statistics for each year are always published in the summer of the following year. With this number of congresses, Helsinki ranks twelfth among cities globally and eighth in Europe in the newest comparison.

International Meetings Statistics Report

Helsinki fourth in global comparison of start-up ecosystems

Helsinki now ranks fourth among rising start-up ecosystems in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020 produced by Startup Genome and Global Entrepreneurship Network. The Helsinki Metropolitan Area did well in terms of, especially, financing and skilled labour. GSER is the world’s most comprehensive and most read startup survey. It looks at 250 ecosystems, analyses the 40 best ecosystems and lists the 100 best rising ecosystems.

The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020

Helsinki Uusimaa one of the best regions at attracting investment

Helsinki Uusimaa won its own class in the category Economic Potential in the Financial Times’ publication fDi Intelligence, which at two-year intervals compares the appeal of various investment targets in Europe. Helsinki Metropolitan Area and the cities it consists of did well in the comparison. The European Cities and Regions survey compares cities and regions in Europe from the angle of investment. The data for this year’s survey was collected from 505 targets in six different categories. When giving points to regions, the assessment weighed various factors according to how significant they were for investment decisions. The comparison grouped the regions by size.

fDi Intelligence

Helsinki’s real estate market fifth-most dynamic in the world

JLL, one of the world’s biggest businesses in real estate, has published the report City Momentum Index 2020, where Helsinki’s housing market ranks fifth on the list of the world’s most dynamic local real estate markets. The list is topped by Silicon Valley, Frankfurt, Berlin and Boston.

City Momentum Index 2020

Helsinki 31st in training top-skilled workers and attracting talents

On the Global City Talent Competitiveness Index (GCTCI), Helsinki ranked 31st. This comparison analyses cities’ capacity to train and attract top-skilled workers – and to hold on to them. New York, London and Singapore make up the top trio in this comparison made by the INSEAD Business School, Google and the international Adecco HR company.

Global City Talent Competitiveness Index 2020

Year 2019

Helsinki ranked 21st in Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2020 report

Helsinki is ranked 21st in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2020 report produced by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, which provides an outlook on real estate in cities. Paris, Berlin and Frankfurt were the top three of the report, which reflects the views of experts in the field. Helsinki’s investment prospects were deemed good and international real estate investors are especially interested in both the city centre and the easily accessible areas Pasila and Jätkäsaari.

Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2020

Helsinki was ranked 17th in a sustainability comparison for meetings and events destinations

Helsinki was 17th in the extensive Global Destination Sustainability Index, which measures sustainability for meetings and events destinations. The index was topped by Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Zurich. The GDS Index annually measures meetings and events destinations in terms of environmental actions and social responsibility measures. The Index also evaluates the commitment of the service producers and the operations of the city conference units from a sustainability perspective. The objective is to further the conference players’ awareness of the sustainable solutions.

Tourist accommodation services in Helsinki have high occupancy rate

The European Cities Marketing association compares in its annual Benchmarking Report the development of tourism in the association's member cities. The latest report includes 119 cities. In the comparison of tourist accommodation occupancy rates, Barcelona came first with 78.7 percent, followed by Rome with 76.9 percent. Helsinki was third with an occupancy rate of 75.9 percent. In the total number of bednights, Helsinki was ranked 36th.

ECM Benchmarking Report

Helsinki became the most popular conference city in the Nordics

A record number of conferences chose Helsinki as their event destination in 2018. The recent Union of International Associations statistics show that Helsinki is the most popular Nordic city for conference organisations. In the total ranking, Helsinki climbed to the 14th place. Last year, a total of 329 international organisation conferences were arranged in Helsinki. Work-related travel accounts for around half of the travel in Helsinki and in 2018 there were 4.17 million bednights registered in Helsinki.

Union of International Associations

Helsinki-Uusimaa the most innovative region in the EU

Helsinki-Uusimaa soared to the top of the European Union in the European Commission’s Regional Innovation Scoreboard publication, which makes comparisons of the ability to function of innovation environments in European countries and areas. The result is the best ever for the Helsinki-Uusimaa region, which was ranked fifth last year.

Helsinki-Uusimaa’s strengths in the comparison were, for example, the high number of trademark and patent applications relative to the gross domestic product, the share of data intensive jobs of all jobs, the number of participants in lifelong learning, the high education level of the population and the innovations in SMEs.

Regional Innovation Scoreboard

The game industry seen as Helsinki’s strength in the ranking of the Global Startup Ecosystem Report

Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem ranking compares the capabilities of various regions regarding startups and entrepreneurship based on a set of indicators. In the ranking, Helsinki is highlighted as a challenger region that has been put on the must-to-watch list. Particularly the game industry and related expertise are viewed as Helsinki's areas of strength given the size of the operational environment. Helsinki is perceived as yet being on the first leg of its journey towards globalisation. Hence, Helsinki as a region possesses abundant potential, especially from the point of view of internationalisation.

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2019

Helsinki in the top ten for governance and social cohesion in the Cities in Motion Index

In IESE Business School’s international Cities in Motion Index (CIMI) for smart cities, Helsinki was ranked 22nd in the total city index. The ranking was the same as last year. This time, the ranking included 174 cities.

Helsinki improved its ranking considerably when it comes to international outreach and mobility and transport. The ranking in the human capital category improved a bit as well. The rankings in governance, social cohesion, urban planning and technology dropped.

IESE Cities in Motion Index 2019

Helsinki third in its category in cities of the future ranking

Helsinki has been ranked third in the category for large cities in the fDi Intelligence’s Global Cities of the Future 2018/19 Ranking. In the total ranking, Helsinki came in at the fifteenth place.

fDi Global Cities of the Future 2018/19 – the winners

Helsinki the third best City in the world for startup companies, a company that helps startups with networking, sees Helsinki as the third best City for startups. Praise was given, among other things, to the groundbreaking companies Supercell and Rovio, the financial and networking support offered to startups and the smart solutions that benefit the business world. Helsinki was behind Berlin and Tel Aviv in the ranking.

The Best 50 Cities for a Startup in the World

Helsinki ranks among top cities worldwide in growing and attracting talents

Helsinki ranks seventh among cities worldwide in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), which assesses the ability of cities to grow talents and to attract them to their regions as well as to retain talents.

According to the index report, Helsinki’s strengths include the number of international organizations located in the city, access to the internet in households and the percentage of residents with university education.

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2019

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