The study examined how well cities enable their citizens to enjoy a healthy balance of work and downtime. The ranking was conducted based on 20 different factors related to work intensity, society and institutions, as well as city liveability. Helsinki, Munich and Oslo made up the trio with the best work-life balance, whereas Tokyo, Singapore and Washington D.C. were listed as the top overworked cities. “Helsinki aims to be a city which offers the best possible conditions for a sound urban life,” said Jan Vapaavuori, mayor of Helsinki. “Our vision is to build Helsinki into the world’s most functional city.” Helsinki fared very well in the society and institutions category. In the individual indicators, Helsinki stood out in happiness, notching a perfect score of 100, and topped the chart in paid maternal and parental days.
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