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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.

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  • News 26 September 2022

    Cultural policies support the ecological transition

    The latest European Commission report highlights how cultural policies can encourage sustainable development. The 28-30 September Eurocities Culture Forum will focus on this aspect, providing examples on how culture can support the environmental transition.

    3 minute read
  • Spotlight 22 August 2022

    Nardella: Ambitious proposals to help Ukrainian cities

    An interview with Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence, who led a delegation of eight European mayors to Ukraine, where they me with President Volodmyr Zelenskyy and Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, on a diplomatic mission on behalf of Eurocities, to match the rebuilding needs of Ukrainian cities with other European cities.

    5 minute read
  • Press release 20 August 2022

    On Ukraine visit, mayors pledge sustainable rebuilding

    Mayors from European cities were in Kyiv on Friday 19 August to sign a political agreement to support the sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities. The local leaders personally introduced the plan to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and to their Kyiv counterpart, Vitali Klitschko.

    5 minute read
  • Spotlight 23 June 2022

    A rainbow of cities

    From swimming pools to international exchanges, cities all over Europe are showing their support for LGBTQI+ rights during the June Pride Month.

    4 minute read
  • News 16 May 2022

    Public services for the people, by the people

    Between Espoo, Helsinki, and Rotterdam, who will be the first to win the UserCentriCities Award for best user-centric service in European cities and regions?

    4 minute read
  • Spotlight 09 May 2022

    From refugee to helping refugees: an interview with Helsinki’s Deputy Mayor Nasima Razmyar

    Helsinki has opened its doors to thousands of refugees from Ukraine and the Deputy Mayor for Education, Nasima Razmyar, herself of refugee background, explains what the city is doing to welcome everyone.

    5 minute read
  • News 06 May 2022

    The sustainable 20s

    The next three years will be crucial for Helsinki to become climate neutral by 2030. What do they have going for them, and what challenges do they still have to tackle?

    5 minute read
  • News 26 April 2022

    English gains official status in European cities

    Cities are becoming more and more international and with this the use and promotion of English also become fundamental

    5 minute read
  • News 05 April 2022

    A digital mobility renaissance in Milan

    A single platform will display public and private transport options in Milan to make moving around town simple and sustainable. It will be a pioneering project in Italy, where post-pandemic recovery funds are encouraging a digital revolution.

    5 minute read
  • Spotlight 30 March 2022

    Cities react to the EU Data Act

    Interoperability, data sharing, Internet of Things, and other challenges: Cities react to the Data Act proposal launched by the European Commission in February.

    5 minute read