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 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.
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 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