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 »


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