Which city is the best place to live in the entire world? According to the British Monocle magazine‘s annual Quality of Life survey, you should move to Helsinki as soon as possible. After a visit to Finland during the cold and dark winter, as a part of an high school exchange project 10 years ago, I had mixed feelings about the country and thought of it as a bit grey and depressing. Our own Travelette Katja recently paid Helsinki a visit, and her gorgeous pictures and video from the trip have given me a completely new view on Finland. I guess I have to give the country a second chance!

The Finns are very interested in what other people are doing, but they make sure to do everything in their own particular Finnish way. This has become clear in design, fashion and architecture, and in fact Helsinki is the World Design Capital in 2012. The small size of the capital, with only 600 000 inhabitans, and the proximity to nature and green areas such as the beautiful island Suomenlinna are other important reasons why this is so great city to live in, and to visit as a tourist. “The Finnish capital stands out for its fundamental courage to rethink its urban ambitions, and for possessing the talent, ideas and guts to pull it off,” the magazine reports. Make sure you check out Monocle’s Helsinki video.

I might not move to the most liveable city in the world, but I’ll definitely pay Finland a new visit, and this time during summertime!


Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.