The nationwide Christmas season will be opened in Helsinki on Sunday, 22.11.

This year, Christmas lighting is realised in Helsinki’s city centre already for the 72th time. The tradition started in 1949, as the merchants of Aleksanterinkatu and its immediate surroundings decorated the streets with tree needles and lights for the residents’ enjoyment. This year, the opening ceremony can be followed live on the web.

This year, Christmas lighting is realised in Helsinki’s city centre already for the 72th time. The tradition started in 1949, as the merchants of Aleksanterinkatu and its immediate surroundings decorated the streets with tree needles and lights for the residents’ enjoyment. This year, the opening ceremony can be followed live on the web. Read more »

Helsinki sets its sights on innovative green recovery – “We can offer projects that benefit the whole of Finland”

Helsinki is preparing its proposal for the Finnish Government’s sustainable growth programme, which will be receiving BEUR 2.3 in EU funding. The aim is to allocate the funding in a way that expedites and supports the green structural change in economy, the digital transition and the development of more innovative and efficient public services. Helsinki and the entire metropolitan area play a prominent role in these efforts: the challenges caused by the pandemic have been unprecedented on a national scale, but so have the benefits gained from the reformation projects.

It’s time to move on to the next phase in the Helsinki Energy Challenge

In just a couple of short days, the teams participating in the Helsinki Energy Challenge will know if they made it to the finals or not.

In just a couple of short days, the teamsparticipating in the Helsinki Energy Challenge will know if they made it to thefinals or not. After the submission deadline 30 September, we got the news: a whopping 252 teams had submitted an entry for the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The City of Helsinki gathered a group of experts to sort out who has the goods to earn a spot in the finals. ... Read more »

Helsinki rolls out mask use campaign to keep services and businesses open

The City of Helsinki has launched a 'Keep Helsinki Open' campaign that encourages residents and visitors to wear a face mask in all situations in which it is difficult to avoid close contact.

Helsinki aims to keep its services open and local businesses viable in spite of the coronavirus epidemic. As part of this effort, the city has launched a campaign to encourage the public to use face masks in order to keep residents and visitors to the city safe. The push is also intended to let residents continue their daily routines, sports acitivities included, in a safe environment... Read more »

Starting today, Helsinki Education Week will offer more than 100 online events for anyone interested in learning

This year, Helsinki Education Week will be held as a series of more than a hundred online events from 2 to 6 November. The overall event programme is intended for teachers and other professionals, learners and guardians – in other words, anyone interested in learning and its development. The programme is available free of charge, with events held in Finnish, Swedish and English both during the day and in the evening.

This year, Helsinki Education Week will be held virtually as a series of more than a hundred online events from 2 to 6 November. The overall event programme is intended for teachers and other professionals, learners and guardians – in other words, anyone interested in learning and its development. The programme is available free of charge, with events held in Finnish, Swedish and Eng... Read more »

The New York Times praises Helsinki’s climate action and smart city development

The first-rate U.S. newspaper The New York Times writes about the Helsinki district of Kalasatama in an extensive article. The article highlights services that ease Kalasatama residents’ everyday life, smart city experimentation and climate-friendly energy solutions.Helsinki is presented in the article as a city with first-rate sustainable development and an outstanding quality of life by international standards.

The first-rate U.S. newspaper The New York Times writes about the Helsinki district of Kalasatama in an extensive article. The article highlights services that ease Kalasatama residents’ everyday life, smart city experimentation and climate-friendly energy solutions. Helsinki is presented in the article as a city with first-rate sustainable development and an outstanding quality of li... Read more »

“People’s eyes light up” – The City of Toronto has been inspired by their journey in the Helsinki Energy Challenge

The City of Toronto is one of the partner cities of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The city was so impressed with the idea of government collaborating with stakeholders and innovators to find game-changing, sustainable solutions that they decided it was something they definitely wanted to explore.

“I’ve had so much fun it’s exhausting”, says RobMcMonagle with a laugh. McMonagle works as Senior Advisor on the Green Economy for the City of Toronto. For the last nine months, he has been hard at work facilitating the Canadian team’s participation in the Helsinki Energy Challenge. Read more »

Helsinki Education Week offers more than 100 online events – Welcome to the virtual learning festival!

Helsinki Education Week will this year be organised as a series of online events on 2-6 November 2020. The event week offers a diverse programme, including workshops, lectures, discussions, exchanges of experiences, and networking. The virtual implementation enables participation from all over Finland and the world.

Helsinki Education Week will this year be organised as a series of online events on 2-6 November 2020. The event week offers a diverse programme, including workshops, lectures, discussions, exchanges of experiences, and networking. The virtual implementation enables participation from all over Finland and the world. Read more »

Almost 1,500 ideas were submitted to OmaStadi in October

The next step will be refining the ideas gained during the brainstorming phase that ended on 25 October into actual proposals that will be put up for vote.

The next step will be refining the ideas gained during the brainstorming phase that ended on 25 October into actual proposals that will be put up for vote.In terms of the sheer quantity of ideas, the most popular themes were sports and outdoor recreation, parks and nature, the built environment and communality. Read more »

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