Crime Rate & Women's Safety in Helsinki

Safety index

Safe
4.4 /5

On average women living in Helsinki raises low concerns about women's safety. Based on collected reviews Helsinki has a safety index of 4.4.

Crime index

Very Low
1 /5

On average women living in Helsinki consider the crime rate in Helsinki to be very low. Based on collected reviews Helsinki has a crime index of 1.

Violence against women

13.2%

On average 13.2% percentage of women in Finland have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life, according to OECD Data.

Safety

Safety walking alone after dark:

4.1/5
Safe

Safety using public transport:

4.6/5
Very Safe

Worries

Worries of being sexually harassed:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being physically attacked:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

1/5
Not at all worried

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How safe is Helsinki?

Anne

Anne

The Finns can appear to be shy but onge you get to know us, you realise we are helpful and friendly. We are deemed to be the happiest, least corrupt and safe country by international research 😇🇫🇮🤷‍♀️😁

Posted: May 25, 2024
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Helsinki is very safe for everyone during the day and during the night. Most unsafe places are maybe some trainstation, such as malmi and metrostations such as sörnäinen and kontula. But usally these places are also calm and safe.

Posted: May 13, 2024
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Super safe! People are nice and trustworthy and fun and the vibe is excellent and you can walk around after dark safely. Have never felt threatened or anything or in danger It's super chill and also like an alien planet

Posted: May 5, 2024
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Finland is very safe, but it's good to practice a little cautiousness during nighttime and in nightclubs, for example. Usually you don't need to worry about anything, and the authorities can be trusted when needed for help.

Posted: May 5, 2024
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Very safe during the day, I've never had to think about my safety especially during daylight hours. At night it's good to be reasonably cautious, particularly on weekends, but it's extremely rare for anything to happen even if you are walking alone after dark. I would avoid local trains in Helsinki during the night as there are some drug users in them, but that's more for my personal comfort than actually thinking they'll do something; they usually don't care about other passengers.

Posted: April 25, 2024
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It is very safe even for a woman to walk around alone. There is almost no risk that you’ll be a victim of pickpocketing, kidnapping, sexual assaults, or any kinds of danger. You don’t need to worry but being always cautious is important anywhere as you know.

Posted: April 14, 2024
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Helsinki is a very safe place! I would recommend avoiding central station during the night but other than that it’s pretty safe everywhere. And there are lots of guards and police in the center always!

Posted: April 13, 2024
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Helsinki is generally very safe. As Finland's biggest city, it is a bit wilder than rest of the country, but that is not saying much since the whole country is remarkably safe. I have walked 30+ minutes alone several times in the middle of the night during Pride week going to my accommodation after a night of clubbing, and no one has ever bothered me. Do keep in mind that public transport stops every night for a few hours. During the nights there might be harassment in the city center area, but mostly verbal. A woman is rarely in physical danger in Helsinki. The only trouble area of the city is the outside area between main train station, Kiasma and Oodi. This is the area where men always appear to harass me, even in the middle of the day. If you are a woman alone in that area, do not stop. As long as you are with company or walking with purpose towards any direction you should not have any trouble at all, not even catcalling. Helsinki is also the only place in Finland where I have ever experienced sexual harassment in broad daylight, and I have lived in this country my whole life. Luckily these incidents can still be counted with one hand's fingers.

Posted: April 8, 2024
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I have lived in Helsinki for many years and I think it is very safe here. You are safe even if you walk around alone late at night. Of course you have to be cautious just like in any other city, but generally it's very safe.

Posted: April 1, 2024
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Anna

Anna

It is fairly safe in Helsinki. Although I would avoid walking alone at night in certain areas of the city (such as Itäkeskus and Kontula). Also, public transportation is generally safe, but sometimes at Friday/Saturday nights you can encounter a drunk person who may try to start a conversation.

Posted: April 1, 2024
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Is Helsinki safe to travel?

4.5 /5

Based on 15 experiences

Solo travel experience

I felt extremely safe during my trip. The city and public transportation are well organized. I really enjoyed mu time there. However, the city was quite pricey comparing to other european cities. I stayed at a hostel for like 8 days and it was comfortable as well but if you have the budget I would recommend staying at a hotel or an airbnb.

Posted: May 22, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Helsinki and Finland in general is a totally safe place to visit alone as a woman. I had no problems at all and it is one of the safest places I have ever been to. It is a very expensive city and Finland in general as well. The cheapest cup of coffee can cost you around 5/6 euros and an average meal can go around 25/30 euros per dish. I recommend you to visit helsinki's public library which is very very interesting to discover and it also has an affordable cafe and buffet (13 euros)

Posted: April 7, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
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Is Helsinki worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 15 experiences

Solo travel experience

Beautiful city, would love to visit in summer, as it was very cold in February, and there was therefore not much to do at the time. There are boat trips to several islands, which is good fun, and interesting, but again very cold and icy, so you need to come prepared!

Posted: August 5, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Angeliki

Angeliki (42)

Greece

Solo travel experience

I have been to Helsinki twice, for a week each time. Winter and late autumn. The weather was a bit cold of course but nothing too bad. I love this city for its simplicity, calmness and scandi style! Also for the museums and food. I visited Kiasma, the national Finnish museum (this is a must!), the design museum and the art museum, all were great! Also don't miss the old food market. If you like hiking, I definitely recommend Nuuksio national park. I spent a whole day there and made some great memories!

Posted: July 16, 2023Experienced: October, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Helsinki

Titi

Titi

About Me

A daydreamer undetected by people around. Originally from Nha Trang city, but explore myself in a country thousands miles away. Why I came to Finland? third year into a university in Vietnam and i suddenly asked myself if I am ready to graduate. So yes a Vietnamese college drop-out before moving permanently to Finland for study and work. Oh and be prepared! If I can choose what I eat, I go vegetarian. 😸

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Aleksandra

Aleksandra

About Me

31 yo, teacher from Helsinki, Finland Interests: travelling, crafts, good vegetarian food, vintage clothes, punk music

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