Helsinki to be the most functional city in the world

Mayor Jan Vapaavuori presented his proposal concerning the new Helsinki City Strategy 2017–2021. The City Council approved the City Strategy “The most functional city in the world” on 27 September.

The vision of the strategy is to make Helsinki the most functional city in the world. “The vision speaks to every city resident, to the trade and industry, as well as to everyone who visits our city. Day by day, Helsinki has to be a better city for all of us”, says Vapaavuori.

Due to the reform of Helsinki’s governance system, the strategy has now been prepared in an entirely new way, which is also reflected in the shape of the strategy. In comparison to the previous council strategies, the new strategy is considerably more concise, vision-based and focused on the cooperation between administrative branches. “A true change of the organisational culture requires that each City employee perceives and takes in the contents of the strategy”, says Vapaavuori.

“This strategy sets out ambitious and clear objectives for what we want to be. We have to work every day to be an increasingly international, service-oriented and attractive City”, emphasises Vapaavuori.

Helsinki is the sole metropolis in Finland, and that brings along good things – but there are big challenges as well. The strategy is still very humane. “Helsinki is primarily a place and a community, not a bureaucracy. I believe that the City cannot solve the big challenges – nor is it even sensible to do so – on its own, but instead we need strategic partnerships with everyone who is interested in developing Helsinki”, says Vapaavuori.

Original article: Helsinki to be the most functional city in the world

The Most Functional City In The World: Helsinki City Strategy 2017–2021