From left to right: Photo 4 © Maija Astikainen



Helsinki stands out with its sea-facing landscape, diverse architecture, world-famous design and Nordic cuisine. Finland’s capital is compact enough to explore on foot and big enough to entertain residents and visitors day after day.

The city has one of the world’s highest urban standards of living and in 2020, it was named the happiest city in the world by the UN World Happiness Report.

In fact, Helsinki exists for the sake of a good life. It pursues this vision by seeking to create the best possible conditions for urban living and to be the most functional city in the world.

Helsinki’s functionality is based on the Nordic model of high-quality city services, transparent governance and almost nonexistent corruption.

Liveability stems from the clean and safe urban environment of Helsinki, a unique cultural scene, empowerment of the communities and, perhaps most importantly, a feeling of trust between citizens.

Ecological thinking is strongly present in Helsinki’s everyday life and the city places great emphasis on encouraging environmentally friendly lifestyles. An atmosphere that motivates less consumption, construction efforts that consider sustainable development and ambitious climate aims make Helsinki a model city of sustainable development.

Helsinki has launched an ambitious digitalisation programme that will help the city improve its services and renew its operations in many ways. The changes encompass not only new technologies but also the development culture, organisation, management and staff skills. Helsinki wants to become more customer-oriented and agile in its operations and to utilise data to create better services and make better decisions.

Jan Vapaavuori Mayor
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