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 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.
The City Planning Department of Espoo has published a city model of Leppävaara in Espoo. The virtual model helps picturing the area’s planning and construction projects as well as their preliminary ideas. The programme is a browser-based 3D tool that helps co-operation and enables the utilisation of citizens’ place knowledge and ideas in city planning.

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  • Espoo has made it to the finals of WWF’s international Earth Hour City Challenge competition. The goal of the competition is to determine the pioneer cities in fighting climate change. The role of cities in fighting climate change is central since over 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated in cities.
Published 2012-01-17 13:06 , updated 2012-01-18 12:19