Mayor Jan Vapaavuori today announced that Helsinki has joined the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a global network committed to preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancer and diabetes, as well as road injuries, through proven interventions in policy, lifestyle and environment.
The City of Helsinki initiated collaboration with Aalto University’s Department of Design last spring to evaluate the impact of design activities. The evaluation represents the first extensive survey of the City’s design projects and the benefits and challenges of those projects. The results of the evaluation were presented at the closing seminar of an Aalto University design course in December.
Helsinki has been selected as Beijing Design Week’s Guest City in 2020. Helsinki will organise diverse events in Beijing over three weeks to present Helsinki as a design city and as a pioneer in the utilisation of design expertise.
Beijing Design Week 2020, held from 22 September–7 October 2020, is the largest and most notable design festival in Asia. The festival attracts more than five million visitors each year. The designation Guest City has been conferred to nine cities before, most recently to Mexico City as this year’s Guest City. Helsinki Deputy Mayor Pia Pakarinen accepted Helsinki’s designation as Gue... Read more »
More than half of Helsinki’s carbon dioxide emissions originate from heating.
Helsinki has on 4 December joined the World Green Building Council network’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, where cities and companies pledge to take urgent action to ensure their own portfolios of buildings operate at net zero carbon in terms of carbon dioxide emissions from energy use by 2030. Read more »
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 »