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

Which places best exemplify Helsinki?

The online survey is part of the City of Helsinki’s investigations into the possibility of establishing a National Urban Park in Helsinki. With the survey, the City is hoping to locate the most refreshing and the most beautiful places in the city as well as the places that best exemplify Helsinki. What kind of stories could these places tell the current and future residents of and visitors to Helsinki?

The survey also allows respondents to mark routes and places on a map that should be developed or that show potential. The City is hoping to hear citizens’ views on both natural and cultural environments, as well as about potential opportunities and concerns related to the establishment of a National Urban Park.

National Urban Parks preserve natural and cultural environments

The concept of the National Urban Park is defined in the Land Use and Building Act. The purpose of a National Urban Park is to preserve urban Finnish nature and built cultural environments so that they form a comprehensive, integrated whole. At the same time, a National Urban Park expresses a city’s will in regard to valuable places that should be preserved and developed for future generations as the city is built and redeveloped.

The establishment of a National Urban Park can only be applied for by the City of Helsinki itself. The decision on the potential initiation of the application process will be made once the necessary investigations have been conducted.

So far, the Ministry of the Environment has granted the status of National Urban Park to eight cities: Forssa, Hanko, Heinola, Hämeenlinna, Kotka, Pori, Porvoo and Turku.

Data open to all

Upon the completion of the online survey, the responses will be published as open data on the Helsinki region infoshare website. This way anyone interested in the topic will be able to analyse the data and draw conclusions about it. The data will also be free to utilise in other projects and studies.

The City of Helsinki is piloting its new participation and interaction model as part of the National Urban Park investigations. In addition to the online survey, the pilot project has launched interest group workshops, with other forms of participation to be developed as the project continues.The City’s cooperation partners in the investigations include the Kansallinen kaupunkipuisto Helsinkiin! movement.

Online survey

More information is available on the City of Helsinki’s website (in Finnish)

Ministry of the Environment: National Urban Parks (in Finnish)

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 14:33

Helsinki Publishes Energy and Climate Atlas on 3D City Model

The 3D atlas is a tool for implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings

The City of Helsinki has compiled extensive energy-related data on the Helsinki building stock into Energy and Climate Atlas and makes the atlas available as open data. The atlas is executed and visualized on Helsinki’s 3D city information model, which allows easy utilization and further application of the data. The atlas is a part of the toolkit that helps Helsinki to cut carbon dioxide emissions and eventually to reach carbon neutrality.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:27

Digital solutions to put spaces to efficient use

The Flexi Spaces project of the Forum Virium Helsinki innovation unit has created a model to give citizens and communities easy access to various spaces. The model utilizes digital solutions such as smart locks and web-based space reservation and payment platforms. The new model for opening spaces, tested in the Helsinki smart city district of Kalasatama, has been a success.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:35

Hakaniemenranta idea competition entries displayed online and at Laituri

The planning of the Hakaniemenranta area of Helsinki proceeds with an idea competition. All competition entries are now on display and can be commented on until 28 February in the City of Helsinki online feedback service 

The competition entries can also be seen until 23 February at the information and exhibition space Laituri at Narinkka 2 in Kamppi.

The feedback on the ideas for Hakaniemenranta will be compiled for use by the competition jury. The jury will select the winner in the spring.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:12

Karting, Latin dance and technology – a second city underground

Increasingly versatile spaces are situated in a Helsinki that is getting more densely built over time. Thanks to underground building, building land above ground is spared for other purposes.