Surprise, surprise – nowhere in the UK makes it into the top 10 cities for wellbeing

If you’re feeling harassed and a little run down, you may be interested to find out where in the world you can enjoy more wellness.

Estate agents Knight Frank have released a report ranking the world’s cities on a number of ‘wellness’ factors including green space, quality of healthcare, work-life balance, crime, air pollution, happiness, and sunshine hours.

40 cities were assessed and unsurprisingly, the UK failed to make the cut for a slot in the top ten.

However, you don’t have to go far to find the best places to live.

Norway’s capital Oslo took the top spot, followed by Zurich and Helsinki tying for second place. Vienna took number four, closely followed by Madrid and Stockholm.

So what’s so special about Oslo?


Well, according to the World Cities Culture Forum, nearly 70% of public space in the city is comprised of parks and gardens.

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that access to green space can significantly improve our happiness and mental health, with the World Health Organisation saying that access to green spaces and reduce health inequalities, improve wellbeing and reduce stress.

If you dream of having more holiday, it may be time to look east for inspiration. The report looked at the number of hours worked per day of vacation and found that Moscow had the lowest ratio, followed by Paris.

Edinburgh comes in at number 19 for overall wellbeing – the sole British representative in the top 20 (London was ranked at 24). Useful to know following Brexit.

The top ten best cities for wellbeing:

1- Oslo

2- Helsinki

3- Zurich

4- Vienna

5- Madrid

6- Stockholm

7- Amsterdam

8- Sydney

9- Montreal

10- Singapore

By Miranda Larbi