Fun and Functional Helsinki – Simply the Best New Home for the EMA

HELSINKI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#EMA–Helsinki is the most liveable city in the Nordic region and the ninth
best in the world. Safe and functional, Helsinki’s advantage as it
competes to become the new home of the European Medicines Agency is
precisely the quality of life here. Everyday life is easy, kids can walk
to school, and there is lots of great urban and food culture. Helsinki
is also appealing because of its peace and quiet, its proximity to
nature and its overall cleanliness.

The high quality of life in Helsinki is not just an impression; it has
also been measured. In the latest index published by the Economist
Intelligence Unit, Helsinki was ranked as the 9th most liveable city in
the world and number one in the Nordic region. The index covered 140
cities altogether.

Finland is consistently among the top performers in the PISA student
assessment study. Helsinki has a world-class education system and
numerous international schools. The city is also expanding its
English-language daycare and education services. The European School of
Helsinki is also adding capacity.

The City of Helsinki’s vision is to be the most functional city in the
world. Life in Helsinki is easy, because Finnish society is open and

For digital companies too, Helsinki is a positive, environmentally
friendly and creative smart city even on the global scale. This
impression is backed up by the quality of life indexes published by
Mercer, The Economist and Monocle. Helsinki also has the most satisfied
residents compared to any other European capital when it comes to the
quality of their own lives, the place they live and the sports
opportunities in their hometown.

Helsinki is home to the European Chemicals Agency

Another strength of Helsinki is that it is already home to the European
Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The five hundred employees and directors of the
agency appreciate the city’s efficiency, functionality, excellent
transport infrastructure and the fact that everything in the city is

The ECHA has the lowest turnover of employees of any EU agency,
suggesting that people who come to Helsinki want to stay here. Combining
work and free time here is straightforward.

Online Helsinki for EMA website:

Helsinki for EMA – video

Finland’s application

Helsinki is a perfect place for kids to grow up


Summary of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2017 Global Liveability


City of Helsinki
Marja-Leena Rinkineva
Director of Economic
tel. +358 50 559 9183