Helsinki is a growing, innovative metropolis, well connected to both Europe and the developing Eastern markets. In coming years, Helsinki will implement a large number of major city development projects. Some of these are located at the very centre of the city as old ports and railway yards are transformed into modern residential and business locations. This provides exciting opportunities for builders, investors and all businesses in need of modern, well-located premises.
The City of Helsinki seeks to provide a good operating environment for all enterprises irrespective of their field of operations. In addition, The City Strategy is divided into five key points:
1) The most functional city in the world
2) Securing sustainable growth the most essential task of the city
3) Developing services
4) Responsible management of finances the foundation of a prosperous city
5) Helsinki strengthens and diversifies its promotion of interests
Helsinki provides the perfect mix of economic, social and ecological sustainability. Openness of business and administration is a key element in Helsinki - the Metropolis that has a great recipe for quality of life – as well as for business opportunities.
Helsinki wants to become the most attractive city for people and companies working for a better world. Living in Helsinki is increasingly smooth and comfortable – its inhabitants creating, and living, the world's most advanced way of life.
As a solid city infrastructure sets the foundation for a good business environment, Helsinki invests in a very high standard of quality. In addition to physical structures, this includes stability and security, a transparent administration and the overall smooth efficiency of the working environment.
An easily accessible city
Helsinki is easy to access from abroad by sea and air, and has direct rail and road links to Russia. The location of Helsinki provides interesting opportunities, as the city is surrounded by fast-growing markets and is easily reached from the EU and from Russia – and, relatively speaking, also from the Far East. In addition, these new districts currently being planned and built are also very well situated within Helsinki.
Highly educated and happy employees
Another point to consider is the concentration of knowledge and the high productivity in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Alongside Finland attaining first rank in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a third of the workforce has been awarded a university degree and Finland ranks among the top three globally in R&D spending per capita.
According to most quality-of-life indicators, Helsinki is one of the best places in the world to live in, offering high levels of public health services and education, quality accommodation and leisure activities including a variety of cultural events. These are all good selling points for attracting the best employees.
Environmental responsibility made easy
Helsinki will assist your company with taking care of the environment. As the city is comfortably surrounded by unspoiled nature, this may have contributed to our desire to develop sustainable solutions in many areas. The excellent public transport system is only one of the many things we do for our environment.
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