December 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:35

New Year’s Eve opens centenary of independence with grand party

The independent Finland will turn 100 in 2017 and celebrate the independence throughout the year.  The centenary is opened in grand style on 31 December 2016. Citizens are invited to celebrate the centenary at the Finland 100 grand opening held in the Töölö Bay area and at Kansalaistori Square in Helsinki. The programme extends through the day to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 13:57

Regional programme for land use, housing and transport approved

The 14 municipalities of the Helsinki region have approved the regional MAL 2019 programme – the programme for land use, housing and transport. For the first time, the programme is produced for all three elements together. The programme gives its members an understanding of the type of work that will be conducted to develop the region in the next few years. The programme describes the principles of planning rounds, the planning processes, how planning is organized, and the key themes of the work.

November 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 15:34

A temporary train station and new traffic arrangements in Pasila

The construction of new Central Pasila is moving to the next stage affecting Pasila railway station and traffic arrangements in the area. A temporary train station will be opened in March 2017 and it will serve passengers until autumn 2019, when the new Pasila station will be completed. The opening of the temporary station will affect public transport in the area.

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 09:10

Helsinki and Supporting Foundation Propose New Plan for Establishing Guggenheim Helsinki Museum

The City Board of Helsinki will be presented next Monday with a new proposal for establishing a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki.

The City of Helsinki has prepared the proposal in cooperation with the Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation. For the City, proposal preparation has been led by Deputy Mayor Ritva Viljanen responsible for Cultural Affairs.

The preparation of a new proposal was undertaken after the Finnish Government announced in connection of the autumn budget talks that the Government would not finance the museum investment.

October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 08:32

Metro and Redi attract business to Kalasatama

In addition to 21,000 people, Kalasatama will eventually be home to a large number of enterprises and provide 8,000 jobs. Large new properties will be built for many big companies including K-group (Kesko), whose flagship building, K-campus, will be completed in 2019 and bring 1,700 Kesko workers to Kalasatama.

Why did K-group want to have its flagship in Kalasatama?

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:33

City Council approved new city plan after six-hour debate

The Helsinki City Council approved a new city plan at its meeting of 26 October after a long debate and several votes. Proposals to send the city plan draft back to a new plan preparation process were voted down: a proposal to leave out the Helsinki Central Park from the plan was voted down 55–30, and other counter proposals were voted down by even wider margins.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 07:39

Decisions on temporary uses of Malmi airport expected in late 2016

The City of Helsinki has sought partners and tenants for temporary uses of the Malmi airport after the airport closes for aviation at the turn of 2017. The City received approximately 10 inquiries during the application period in September.

The inquiries were related to both aviation and other activities. An aviation-related proposal came from the Malmi airport association (Malmin lentokenttäyhdistys ry), which seeks an extension of aviation activities and the use of the Malmi airport as a non-towered airport, that is, an airport with no air-traffic control unit.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 12:50

Mayor Jussi Pajunen: The City's goal of a balanced economy is being achieved

"A moderate operational expense growth and the investment framework improve the City's financial balance step by step, but especially the public transport investments must still be financed through further borrowing", says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of his Budget Proposal for 2017.

September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 13:39

Helsinki Metropolitan Area at EXPO REAL 2016: Growing fast, Connecting fast

At HELSINKI FINLAND stand in EXPO REAL 2016, October 4–6 in Munich, are represented the Metropolitan Cities Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa as well as the cities of Turku and Tampere together with the corporate partners Senate Properties, SRV Group Plc and YIT Construction Ltd.

Helsinki metropolitan area is in the middle of an ambitious transformation. The well-reachable area is one of the fastest growing metropolises in Europe.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 09:35

Helsinki to Build Landmark Bridge for Public Transportation

The Crown Bridges including Finland’s longest bridge will serve streetcars but no cars.

Helsinki, Finland – The Crown Bridges will be a series of three bridges in Helsinki for a new streetcar line linking the city center with eastern suburbs across a central Helsinki water body. The bridges will also serve cyclists and pedestrians.

The Helsinki City Council gave the green light to the project at the end of August, confirming implementation. Construction can go underway in 2018, and the bridges are scheduled to open in 2026.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:16

Proposal for Helsinki’s new city plan moves to decision-making

The Helsinki City Board considered the new Helsinki city plan at its meeting on 19 September and will continue the consideration on 17 October.

The proposal for the city plan, presented by Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, was the same as the proposal approved unanimously by the City Planning Committee earlier. The final decision on the city plan will be made by the City Council later in the autumn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 11:34

Oil Silo 468 welcomes the public in September-October

Helsinki residents and visitors will have the opportunity to visit Oil Silo 468 in the Kruunuvuorenranta district on three weekends in September-October. Oil Silo 468 is a steel silo that has been turned into a light artwork and a venue for special events. Admission is free on the open-house weekends.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 09:15

City of Helsinki invites proposals for temporary uses of Malmi airport

The City of Helsinki is putting together proposals for activities to be organized at the Malmi airport before the area goes under construction for new housing as planned.

Proposals are gathered until the end of September and, as possible, decisions on temporary uses of the airport are made in late November.

Finavia’s air traffic control to end

August 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 08:46

White Hall opens as a cultural and conference centre

The White Hall in Helsinki’s historical city centre opens for public use at the beginning of September. The opening event is a weekend music festival.

The White Hall (Valkoinen sali) is an Empire-style space in the Tori Quarters of Helsinki, the Old Town between the Senate Square and Market Square. The hall is one of the few remaining old banquet spaces of Helsinki preserved in their original state. The hall is located on the third floor of the Helsinki City Museum building on the street of Aleksanterinkatu.

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 08:09

City Board approves Crown Bridges, Council to vote 31 August

The Helsinki City Board has approved the project plan for Kruunusillat – Crown Bridges – and the plan proceeds to the City Council, which will vote on it on 31 August. The project plan comprises the construction of a tram connection between the Helsinki city centre and Laajasalo and three new bridges. The City Board voted for the proposal 13–2.

June 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 07:58

Helsinki aims at 6,000 new dwellings per year

The City of Helsinki has set a goal of no less than 6,000 new housing units built in the city annually. The number should go up to 7,000 units by 2019. The goal will be confirmed in the housing and land use programme to be approved by the Helsinki City Council at its meeting of 22 June.

The programme defines the direction of the City’s housing policy. The goal is ambitious, as the number of new housing units has remained below 5,000 in recent years.

April 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 13:18

Kalasatama is following in the footsteps of the world’s trendiest dockland areas

Kalasatama is not the only former port and industrial zone that is transforming into a trendy and diverse residential area.

March 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 08:44

Kalasatama hub REDI built around the clock

Helsinki metro riders are able to survey the construction of the Kalasatama district from a prime vantage point. The excavation underneath the metro bridge has expanded fast at the site of REDI, that is, the hub of Kalasatama.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 15:04

Helsinki Metropolitan Area at MIPIM 2016: Growing fast, Connecting fast

At HELSINKI–FINLAND stand in MIPIM 2016 March 15–18, in Cannes, France, are represented the Metropolitan Cities Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa as well as the cities of Turku and Tampere together with the corporate partners Senate Properties, Skanska, SRV Group Plc and YIT.

Helsinki metropolitan area is in the middle of an ambitious transformation. The well-reachable area is one of the fastest growing metropolises in Europe.

February 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 13:06

Kalasatama art competition’s finalists selected from 261 entries

The first stage of the Kalasatama art competition, organised by the City of Helsinki, has now reached completion.

The general art competition received 261 entries in which entrants had tackled the design assignment in many different ways. The jury selected 12 entries for further development in the next stage of the competition.