City of Espoo

The most important resources of Espoo are its active inhabitants, educational institutions, communities and businesses. The city is developed in interaction with various partners. The goal is to make Espoo a pioneer in the municipal sector as well as a good place to live, learn and work in as well as engage in entrepreneurship.

Networked cooperation provides a futuristic model for the expanding metropolitan area. The municipalities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area share the municipal federations of transport, water and waste management, several vocational schools and universities of applied sciences as well as HUS special health care. Espoo has signed cooperation agreements with the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, the Helsinki Region as well as Kirkkonummi and Vihti. In addition, the metropolitan area needs a clear, transparent procedure for handling issues related to the development of the urban structure and decision-making.

Operation of the West Metro will begin in August 2016 and Matinkylä will be the terminal station of the first stage. In the extension of the shopping centre will be the Iso Omena service square featuring the library, youth services, maternity and child health clinic, health centre, mental health and substance abuse services, citizens’ office, Kela and HUS’s laboratory and imaging services.
The City of Espoo is taking an important step in developing its services in an innovative way. Espoo is exploring the possibilities that digitalisation could bring to its service production. The aim is to increase the services' productivity and efficiency and help customers in their everyday tasks. The project will start in collaboration with users of the services; their ideas will be collected through the process of crowdsourcing.


  • Espoo is home to an internationally significant watchmaking and micromechanics cluster. The City of Espoo and the Finnish Watchmaking Cluster have now set out to raise the specialism’s profile and reputation to match other sectors currently enhancing the international competitiveness of the Finnish economy.
Published 2012-01-17 13:06 , updated 2012-01-18 12:19