Helsinki ranks seventh among cities worldwide in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), which assesses the ability of cities to grow talents and to attract them to their regions as well as to retain talents.
The top three cities in the index are Washington, DC, Copenhagen and Oslo.
According to the index report, Helsinki’s strengths include the number of international organizations located in the city, access to the internet in households and the percentage of residents with university education.
Helsinki ranked best, placing fourth, in the subcategory of growing talents, assessed by criteria that included lifelong learning and employee development.
In the country ranking of the survey, Finland placed sixth, as in 2017. In the city ranking, Helsinki dropped from fifth place in 2017.
The GTCI report was published at a GTCI meeting held on 21 January during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
GTCI country rankings have been published since 2013 and city rankings since 2016. Finland and Helsinki have generally ranked high in the index.
The survey for GTCI is conducted by the business school INSEAD, Adecco Group and Tata Communications. According to a City of Helsinki assessment, the Global Talent Competitiveness Index is methodologically the most transparent of all international surveys related to attracting talents.