The Espoo Story

The Espoo Story is Espoo's strategy. It guides the city's operations better and more clearly in accordance with common goals.

The city's budget and financial plan are derived from the Espoo Story. The sectors and units derive their own stories and goals from the Espoo Story and common objectives of the council term. The Story is implemented in our everyday work.

Vision of Espoo

A networked Espoo comprising five city centres will be a pioneering responsible and humane city that is a good place to live, learn, work and do business in and where residents can have their say in matters.

Values and operating principles of Espoo

Espoo is resident- and client-oriented

It is important for everyday life to go smoothly in Espoo. Residents, communities and companies are the best resources of Espoo. The active involvement of residents in the development of services and co-operation with partners ensures successful service production meeting the needs of residents.

Espoo is a responsible pioneer

Pioneering refers to broadmindedness and creativity, openness, a desire to question the status quo and courage to do things in a new way. It also includes the utilisation of research and international experience, experimentation and dealing with the possible failures related to them. We are developing Espoo sustainably, socially, ecologically and economically.

Espoo is fair

We operate openly, justly, equally, humanely and tolerantly.

Cross-administrative development programmes of the City of Espoo

The Espoo Story is also implemented through cross-administrative development programmes to react to the central challenges of Espoo. These development programmes penetrate all sectors of the city organisation.

The cross-administrative development programmes for the council term 2013-2017 were:

  • Vitality for the elderly
  • Sustainable development
  • Competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Youth vitality
  • A participatory Espoo

There wll be four cross-administrative development programmes during the council term 2017-2021.