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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 61st

Home to two universities ranked among the world’s top 150, Finland’s harbor-based capital city is known for its attractive architecture, high quality of life, and for managing to be both laid-back and forward-looking at the same time.

It’s no surprise to see Helsinki getting a particularly high score in the Desirability category of the QS Best Student Cities index. It comes 9th out of 140 cities in The Economist’s 2016 Global Liveability Ranking, and is one of the world’s cleanest capitals according to Numbeo’s Pollution Index.

Given the Nordic region’s reputation for high living costs, it may be more surprising to find that Helsinki also scores relatively well in the Affordability category, and is the highest-ranked Nordic city in this indicator. This is largely due to the fact that in Finland higher education is currently free, although it has been announced that non-EU/EEA students will pay a minimum of 1,500 euros (~US$1,600) a year from August 2017.

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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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