The world’s most Mentally Healthy Cities, as Determined by data Crunchers
Reykjavik, Bern, and Helsinki topped the list because to low pollution and political stability. To ‘show what cities can accomplish for their people’,
It’s a famously pricey city with gloomy weather and rumbling volcanoes nearby. Nonetheless, Reykjavik, Iceland’s tiny capital, has topped a new mental health rating.
Of course, such analysis is difficult. Data crunchers behind the index utilized indicators such as crime rates, gender and minority equality, population density and traffic congestion to influence their conclusions.
Over 500 cities were rated. Those lacking trustworthy data were eliminated, leaving just 100 cities, Reykjavik being the least stressful. Second and third were Bern in Switzerland and Helsinki in Finland. Liverpool was the only UK city in the top 20 (11), while London placed 69.
In the data was VAAY, a German CBD and health brand. “Show what cities can accomplish for their people via efficient governance, strong environmental regulations and well-resourced social welfare systems,” stated cofounder Finn Age Hänsel.
This is not to single out cities that fall short in any of these categories, but to highlight those who are leading the way in improving their residents’ quality of life.
“We hope the study’s findings help cities and people alike evaluate their surroundings and work together to create less stressful communities.”
Recently, has written about Reykjavik. A four-day working week experiment in the city was hailed as a ‘overwhelming success’ by experts this week. It was considered so effective that most Icelanders now work less.
To promote youth participation in democracy and reduce drug addiction, the city has led the way. Last week, the country was awarded the world’s most tranquil. It is also a pioneer in geothermal energy and a symbol of progress in gender equality.
VAAY’s top 20 cities for mental health
- Wellington, NZ
- Auckland, NZ