The Espoo Story

The Espoo Story is Espoo's strategy for 2013–2017. The Council decided on the matter on 10 June 2013. The Espoo Story 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. Introducing the Story into everyday work has begun.

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 will also be implemented through cross-administrative development programmes to react to the central challenges of Espoo. These development programmes will penetrate all sectors of the city organisation. The goal-setting of the programmes was confirmed as part of the Espoo Story, i.e. city strategy, on 10 June 2013. The implementation and goal-setting of the programmes will be revised midway through the council term.

The cross-administrative development programmes are:

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