Southern Finland and Helsinki metropolitan region, as well as other Finnish cities are highly ranked for their business location potential in the latest European Cities and Regions of the Future study published by fDi Intelligence, a service from the Financial Times.
Southern Finland is the winner of the Mid-Sized European Regions of the Future 2018/19, while also topping the category for Economic Potential and ranking 5th for Human capital and Lifestyle. Impressively, Southern Finland is also among the fDi's top 10 overall European Regions of the Future 2018/19.
Helsinki metropolitan region tops the rankings for FDI Strategy among Small European Regions of the Future. According to fDi Intelligence, the Helsinki Business Hub agency offers investors a comprehensive service, building on the region's reputation as a destination for innovative and hi-tech companies.
Helsinki consistently ranks among the top 10 cities across five categories, including 6th place among Major European Cities of the Future 2018/19. Neighbouring city of Espoo is ranked 5th for Human Capital and Lifestyle and 8th for Economic Potential among small European cities. The city of Oulu in northern Finland, known for its hi-tech sector and R&D activities, is placed 8th for FDI Strategy among small European cities.
"Finland is a unique technology hub, and an excellent location for international companies to expand their business. Three Finnish cities performing so well in this tough international competition – and Helsinki winning a category – proves the business appeal that Finland enjoys," says Antti Aumo, Director, Business Finland.
Helsinki Business Hub's press release about fDi's study is available here.
Helsinki was also judged to have the second most attractive conditions globally in Nestpick's Startup Cities Index, published in August 2017. The results were based on 13 factors in five criteria: startup ecosystem, salaries, social security & benefits, cost of living and quality of life.