Helsinki aspires to be a leader in urban development


A delegation of around 60 members, consisting of city managers, officials, marketing and business representatives from Amsterdam, visited the Finnish capital Helsinki. The city of Helsinki announced on their website that the officials from the two cities discussed, among other things, urban development, startup field and climate work.

Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen, Director of Economic Affairs Marja-Leena Rinkineva, and Head of the Climate Unit Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, all spoke in City Hall. Helsinki’s representatives discussed several topics, such as urban development, the city’s business policy priorities, collaboration with domestic and international businesses, and Helsinki’s climate work.

Mayor Vartiainen stated: ‘’Cooperation with other pioneering cities is even more important in the recovery and reconstruction phase of the interest rate pandemic. The aim is to enable our city to grow in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable way. Helsinki wants to lead the way in urban development, but also to learn from others.’’

Throughout the course of their three-day visit, the delegation from Amsterdam had an opportunity to learn about Helsinki’s community development at the Oodi Central Library, the history of underground construction in Helsinki and the newly opened Maanala exhibition at the Amos Rex Art Museum.

Furthermore, they were able to gain insight into the work of some of Helsinki’s up-and-coming companies and businesses. These included start-up hub Maria 01, game industry companies and associations such as Supercell, Neogames and Aalto Gamers, growth company and technology event Slush, security and cybersecurity company WithSecure and the traditional Finnish brand Fiskars.

The delegation from Amsterdam was led by Deputy Mayor Egbert de Vries. The program of the visit was planned in cooperation with Helsinki City Hall and Helsinki Partners, the Finnish capital’s urban marketing and invest-in company. (photo credit: Helsinki official website)