The successful conclusion of the Töölönlahti world tour will be celebrated on 4 December at 5–6 p.m. A joint lap around Töölönlahti will commence the festivities, where a choirs’ relay will set the pace.
Helsinki Central Library Oodi will turn one year old on 5 December. Opened on 5 December 2018, Oodi had a successful first year, as the estimates for the number of visits have already been far exceeded. Over the year, Oodi has also received numerous awards and a great deal of positive feedback from the public.
‘Our original goal was to receive 2.5 million visits per year, but this year we will reach 3 million visits. We have already had 2 877 560 visits during this calendar year. We are likely to go over the three million visits right around the anniversary date. A lot of new library cards have been issued at Oodi: 18,400 by the end of October. Over half a million volumes have been borrowed... Read more »
The world is full of buzzing tech hubs and colossal metropolises, but none of them is the planet’s happiest capital with the best work-life balance. When you add on top of that the world’s leading startup event Slush and Maria 01 – soon to be the biggest startup campus in Europe – Helsinki competes totally in its own league.
Helsinki is a frontline city pushing global change, and entrepreneurship is a powerful way to change the world and make an impact. Helsinki’s objective is to be Europe’s most captivating location for innovative startups and the most attractive knowledge hub for companies and individuals wanting to make world-changing business. Read more »
Helsinki and some of Finland’s most renowned tech companies launched a talent attraction campaign in September branding Helsinki as the world’s first City as a Service (CaaS).
The campaign reframed the value that Helsinki offers to its “users” (current citizens) and potential “demo users” (tech professionals looking to relocate) using familiar vocabulary and tone of voice for international tech professionals. The campaign received close to 7,000 applications of tech professionals interested to relocate to Helsinki. Read more »
Amidst global competition for talented professionals, Helsinki takes pride in its mission of becoming the most functional city in the world. The pursuit to provide a good life for its citizens has yielded good results. At Slush 2019, Helsinki takes on the hot topic of work-life balance.
In recent years, the city of Helsinki has focused its resources on a specific goal: to create the best urban life for everyone through, for example, developing housing, infrastructure and transportation, as well as creating better jobs. Everything is based on functionality, equality and a sense of community – the very founding values of what is currently one of the fastest growing c... Read more »
The movement challenge around the Töölönlahti bay, launched by the City of Helsinki in July, has inspired thousands of walkers and runners. The goal was to complete a number of laps equivalent to the earth's circumference by the end of this year, but those 40,000 kilometres were already completed this week.
"It has been great to follow how both individual walkers and runners as well as friend and job groups have grasped the challenge to go around the Töölönlahti bay for the joint goal. School groups have also been actively participating in the collection of kilometres. Thanks to all the participants – you did it!” says producers Harri Pulliainen and Marta Tiainen, who guided the walkers ... Read more »
The voting phase of OmaStadi concluded at the end of October. The number of registered participants was 69,284. The number of voters was 49,705. The voter turnout reached almost eight percent. This was the biggest electronic voting event arranged by the public sector in Finland.
Helsinki has developed the Climate Watch that even in an international context is a unique tool for monitoring climate protection and emissions reductions.
Helsinki aims to accomplish carbon neutrality by year 2035, and hence it has launched 147 measures to reduce emissions and attain this goal. Thanks to the Climate Watch, anyone will be able to follow the progress of these measures and their impact on the amount of CO2 emissions in Helsinki. Read more »
Entitled The Same Sea, the inaugural edition of the Helsinki Biennial 2020 will reflect on the notion of interdependence: every action and thing is connected, and supports the whole. Curated by Pirkko Siitari, Head of Exhibitions at HAM Helsinki Art Museum and Taru Tappola, HAM’s Head of Public Art, the biennial will bring together around 35 leading Finnish and international artists and groups of artists.
Located on the city’s Vallisaari island, a former military base, Helsinki Biennial 2020 will be comprised of 80% new commissions and site-specific works. Using the setting of Vallisaari to form the tangible and conceptual starting point for the curation of the 2020 biennial, The Same Sea places emphasis on the biosphere as one interconnected entity. The curators explain: Read more »
Deputy Mayor Pia Pakarinen represented Helsinki at the international UNWTO Global Summit onUrban Tourism top summit in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The summit focused on the concept of Smart Cities, Smart Destinations.