Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:47

Highest numbers of housing starts and completed units in ten years

The numbers of housing starts and completed housing units in Helsinki hit record highs in January-March this year: the numbers were the highest recorded in the past ten years. Thus the number of housing units under construction remained at a high level. However, the number of building permits granted was exceptionally low. But according to information released by the Building Control Department, the number of applications for building permits for housing production has been high, and the number of permits granted during the second quarter of the year should equal the average number of permits granted in recent years.

Assessed by the type of home ownership, the housing production of the early 2017 has been marked by a large number of state-subsidized rental units. More Ara rental units have been completed so far this year than during the entire 2016. Assessed by the types of housing under construction, it is evident that the number of new Ara units of the total will level off during the rest of the year.

More than one-fifth of the housing units under construction are located in Jätkäsaari. Housing production is proceeding at a fast pace in the project areas of Kruunuvuorenranta and Kuninkaankolmio, that is, Kuninkaantammi and Honkasuo. The share of large project areas of all project areas is about 45 percent.

In January-March, a total of 1,365 housing units were completed in Helsinki, 1,376 units were started, and permits were granted for 802 units.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:58

Online survey launched: What would the National Urban Park of Helsinki be like?

The City of Helsinki is collecting data on the areas and places that residents would like to see included in the potential National Urban Park of Helsinki. The online survey is open to all and will remain available until 17 December 2017.

The survey can be found at

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:21

Jätkäsaari to have a sports park

The Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki will have a sports park, according to a Helsinki City Council approval of 11 October for the proposed project plan. The sports park will improve the sports and recreational opportunities of Jätkäsaari residents and serve as a sports ground for local schools. The northern sections of the park can also be used by schools for their recess activities.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.