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 City of Espoo continues to build ever stronger relations with the City of Shanghai. Espoo wants to use its relationship with Shanghai to open up opportunities for Finnish businesses in the Chinese market. Mayor Jukka Mäkelä is planning a visit to Shanghai towards the end of November to support Finnish businesses that are seeking to establish themselves in China. Mr Mäkelä will be accompanied by a delegation of public servants, city councillors and representatives of businesses.
Business owners find Espoo an enterprise-friendly city, and say that affairs in Espoo are well managed overall. Issues highlighted were that the city could be more involved, being more proactive with regard to companies and keeping in contact with them. Entrepreneurs would like to have opportunities for networking and to receive more information about the city’s services for businesses. In addition, companies would like to see more collaboration concerning the city’s development.


Published 2012-01-17 13:06 , updated 2012-01-18 12:19