Helsinki New Horizons

New areas for business and living

In the forthcoming decades, Helsinki will expand faster than ever before, with the construction of a variety of apartments, offices, kindergartens, schools, parks, streets and recreation areas. The City of Helsinki aims to build quality neighbourhoods where people can enjoy both work and leisure. The recent construction of a new cargo harbour in a different location some distance away from the city centre has provided the opportunity to develop the site of the former old port and railway yard area for other uses, radically altering the appearance of Finland’s capital.

  • Life & leisure

    With the construction of a number of new districts around town, the City of Helsinki is placing great emphasis on providing leisure activities to enhance the lives of all future residents.

  • Business

    The transformation of Helsinki’s old ports and railway yards is providing exciting opportunities for construction companies, investors and for businesses in need of modern premises in excellent locations.

  • Environment

    The efficient use of energy and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is an extremely important consideration in the planning of new areas in Helsinki, and also with developing the public transport system.

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 08:15

    Crown Bridges granted first environmental permit

    The Regional State Administrative Agencies of Finland granted the City of Helsinki a permit on 5 January 2017 to build two of Kruunusillat – the Crown Bridges – between Nihti and Kruunuvuorenranta, to dredge and fill the local sea area, and to build the necessary structures on shores.

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 09:54

    Helsinki strengthens its pioneering in intelligent transport

    Former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that Helsinki has been chosen to participate in the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a global initiative aimed at enhancing the ability of cities to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles and to ensure that planning for the intelligent transport solution will enhance residents’ quality of life and improve social challenges.

  • Monday, January 2, 2017 - 08:05

    Finlandia Hall equipped with solar panels as the city strives to boost energy efficiency

    The maintenance area of Finlandia Hall received a truckload of solar panels as the day was breaking on 20 December 2016. The last days of the year saw 180 solar panels installed on the roof of the building. With the panels, electricity purchases for the hall can be cut by 25 percent during some hours of summer days.

    The panels are expected to produce 2–3 percent of Finlandia Hall’s annual electricity consumption. This corresponds to the annual electricity use of 7–8 single-family houses with district heating.

  • Monday, January 2, 2017 - 07:49

    Helsinki Central Library named Oodi

    Helsinki City Library held an open competition in October 2016 on the name of the Central Library under construction in the Töölönlahti area of Helsinki. The competition received 2,600 proposals, and 1,600 of them were different names. The winning proposal selected by the jury is “Oodi”.

    The name was selected from among the proposals by the jury in two meetings. The jury was chaired by Helsinki Mayor Ritva Viljanen. Ms Viljanen comments that the name was selected with careful consideration of the many requirements for the name.

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