Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, which starts today, will bring Helsinki a lot of international visibility. The delegates that visit our city can experience the sustainable everyday solutions of Helsinki. Moreover, they are invited to enjoy the activities in the Töölönlahti area.

- Helsinki is a forerunner in Europe when it comes to sustainable urban development, and during Finland's Presidency we want to highlight solutions that are not only environmentally friendly and energy efficient, but are also built on the well-being, equality and good routines of the citizens, emphasises Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

- Over the upcoming six months, the Most Functional City in the World will offer the EU meetings and their delegates a safe, smooth and functional setting as well as attractive urban culture, next-door nature and Finnish experiences.

Töölö bay main stage for the meeting delegates  

All Finland's Presidency meetings to be held in Finland have been centralised in Helsinki, permitting sustainable meeting arrangements. Some 20,000 meeting delegates and 1,000 representatives of foreign media are expected to visit the Finnish capital.

As most of the meetings are held at the Finlandia Hall, the visitors spend most of their time in the Töölönlahti area. Together with other players, Helsinki has therefore decided to offer an interesting set of experiences in the area, where urban pulse and peaceful nature meet.

The Presidency will be opened with a park party for everyone, the Summer Day at Töölönlahti, on 8 July. This event covers everything from rock’n’roll workout with the Finnish band Waltari and traditional partner dances to programmes within the environment theme, such as an escape room focused on waste and the giant Plastic Mama artwork.

For children there are many summery activities, performances and workshops during the day. The evening culminates in the opening of the youth football tournament Helsinki Cup. Games played by the youngest juniors can be watched next to the Finlandia Hall from the early morning.

From July to late in the autumn, there will be a Helsinki container on the shore of Töölönlahti, where you can get information about the area. Books, outdoor exercise kits and outdoor games can be borrowed from the container.

A new pedestrian map of the Töölönlahti area has been published for the Presidency. A mobile sonic walk at Töölönlahti, produced in cooperation with the Sibelius Academy, lets you dive into the historical strata of the area.

Sustainable development in everyday life

Helsinki is a forerunner among the European cities for instance when it comes to measuring the UN’s sustainable development goals. Helsinki’s sustainable solutions are exhibited on the Signals from Helsinki website.

In schools, EU will be a theme of phenomenon-based learning in the autumn term. Through phenomenon-based learning the pupils will study various monthly topics, such as peace and fair trade. During the ministerial meetings within the Presidency programme, the central library Oodi will harbour a Pop up school, where the meeting delegates and the media can get acquainted with the Finnish school system and teaching in Helsinki schools.