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.

The twinned cities of Espoo and Shanghai are to expand their collaboration into innovations and prerequisites for business activities. The cities initiated talks to create a shared innovation network and to jointly support business activities. Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo, met his counterpart YANG Xiongin, Mayor of Shanghai, on Friday 28 November 2014 in Shanghai.
The City of Espoo is to take the expertise of Finnish companies to China via its sister city of Shanghai. A delegation headed by Mayor Jukka Mäkelä will visit Shanghai on 26-30 November 2014, accompanied by representatives from companies in the health and wellbeing, education and learning technology, ICT, cleantech and tourism sectors. Companies participating in the visit include Rovio, Outotec, Santa Claus Foundation, Active Life Village Oy and the start-up cluster HealthSPA.


  • The content of the revamped website is now scaled to various device sizes varying from large desktop displays to tiny mobile phone screens. At the same time, the websites of the Espoo City Museum and the Länsi-Uusimaa Rescue Department were also made more responsive.
Published 2012-01-17 13:06 , updated 2012-01-18 12:19