Best ideas of the Most Functional City in the World website published

A year ago, Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori launched the idea of a brainstorming platform for all Helsinkians, which would be carried out through the Most Functional City in the World website.

The Most Functional City in the World website was open during the beginning of the year and more than 400 ideas were submitted. A working group of city experts went through the proposals and made a pre-selection – The experiment was pleasant and there was an abundance of ideas. In the service, we were especially looking for neat improvements to everyday life and there were plenty of ... Read more »

Summer Day Festival by the Töölö Bay launches Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The public park party in the Töölönlahti Park and on the Kansalaistori Square mark the opening of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 8 July. 

The festival programme is abundant and its main theme is sustainability. The opening event is also the kick-off for the Töölönlahti Bay activity event, where the participants walk, jog or run together around the world for the Baltic Sea. Read more »

Helsinki presents solutions for sustainable urban development during Finland's presidency

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 ... Read more »

Helsinki joins Bloomberg digital innovation initiative

Helsinki has joined an extensive digital innovation project launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The new initiative for European capital cities aims to accelerate digital innovation to improve critical services for residents.

The New Digital Innovation Project for European Cities was launched by Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and former mayor of New York City, in London on 25 June 2019. All 28 European capital cities have been invited to join the project. Through project support, grants, and professional development programming for Chief Digital Officers and oth... Read more »

The Think Sustainably service helps to reduce the carbon footprints

The city of Helsinki has set an aim to reduce emissions by 60 percent by the year 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2035. This shift requires both major structural changes and everyday actions.

Individual choices matter – in order to stop further climate warming, every Finn should reduce their carbon footprint from 10.3 tonnes to 2.5 tonnes by the year 2030. The Think Sustainably service helps to choose more sustainable ways of living in Helsinki and enjoying the city. It filters content from the website to suggest sustainable services, such as restaurants, sh... Read more »

Helsinki-Uusimaa tops EU regions in innovation

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region tops the ranking of the European Commission’s 2019 Regional Innovation Scoreboard published 17 June 2019. The rating of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region in the scoreboard’s assessment was the region’s highest ever during the assessment history. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region rose to first rank from fifth rank in the previous edition of the scoreboard.  

The European Commission’s Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) is a comparative assessment conducted once in every two years. The RIS 2019 covers 238 regions across Europe, five of them Finnish: (1) Helsinki-Uusimaa, (2) Etelä-Suomi (Southern Finland), (3) Länsi-Suomi (Western Finland), (4) Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi (Northern and Eastern Finland) and (5) Åland (Ahvenanmaa).  Read more »

Helsinki collaborates with Aalto University in order to evaluate the impact of design

Helsinki has brought up design competence strongly as a part of the City’s development, international profile and competitiveness. At the same time, the City has profiled itself as a pioneer in expanding the significance of design.

Caption: Design can support the planning of built environment. The concept for the New Central Library Oodi was created from a user perspective, by means of design. (Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo) Helsinki has brought up design competence strongly as a part of the City’s development, international profile and competitiveness. At the same time, the City has profiled itself as a pioneer in ex... Read more »

The City of Helsinki has completed its sustainable development report to the UN

Helsinki wants to be a pioneer for local implementation of global responsibilities. In September 2018, the city, being after New York the second city in the world and the first one in Europe to do so, thus made a commitment to report voluntarily to the UN on its implementation of the sustainable development goals. 

Helsinki has completed its report, called From Agenda to Action – The Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Helsinki 2019, and it will be handed over to the UN in July. Read more »

Helsinki opens Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU with summer party at Töölönlahti

Helsinki is the main stage for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU period from July to December 2019. The meetings arranged in Finland will mainly be held at the Finlandia Hall. The opening of the presidency period is celebrated on July 8 at an open summer event on the Kansalaistori square and in the Töölönlahti Park. At the opening, the visitors can experience the Finnish summer day at its best.

– Helsinki welcomes its visitors to the most functional metropolis in the world, where an oasis of nature and the walking centre opens up from the backyard of the Finlandia Hall. In Helsinki, it is easy to experience sustainable everyday solutions independently, notes Mayor Jan Vapaavuori. Read more »


Helsinki applies to join UNICEF’s Child Friendly Municipality process

The Helsinki City Board decided at their meeting of 19 October 2020 that Helsinki shoul...

Five new mask distribution points for low-income people to be opened

The distribution of face masks intended for low-income people continues in Helsinki. Mo...

Submit your ideas to OmaStadi by 25 October

Ideas for developing one’s own district, an area or the entire city can be submitted be...

City bikes have replaced public transport journeys during the coronavirus pandemic

City bikes have continued to be popular during the coronavirus pandemic, too. In Helsin...