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Helsinki ranked 5th best city to live in; New York and London out

The lifestyle magazine Monocle has listed Helsinki as the world’s fifth best city to live in, trailing neighbouring Stockholm which came in fourth. The Finnish capital has reason to be proud however, as notable metropoles such as London, New York and Rome didn’t even make the cut.

Kaupunkinäkymä Katajanokalta. Image: Jyrki Lyytikkä / Yle

Top of the lifestyle magazine’s list of the world’s 25 most livable cities was the Danish capital Copenhagen, which was ranked in first place because of its tolerance, culture, clever architecture, green areas, functional public transportation and international travel links.

"Living in Copenhagen is easy. It’s pretty safe, it’s simple to get around whether you walk or ride your bicycle and you have a lot of good restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, parks, canals and beaches," Monocle said.

Japan’s Tokyo placed second in the ranking, while Melbourne, Australia came in third. The Norwegian capital, Oslo, didn’t make the top ten.

The Monocle quality of life index assesses factors such as health care, educational opportunities, business environment, crime, cultural options and the number of sunlight hours.

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