Housing and environment

Espoo is home to more than 260 000 people. As the second largest city in Finland, Espoo is an enjoyable, lively and rapidly growing and developing place of residence. The network-like urban structure of Espoo relies heavily on the routes and nodes of road and rail traffic. In the upcoming years, a record number of investments will be made in developing the city. 

The City of Espoo is a significant builder. It develops and builds e.g. traffic lanes, park and other public areas as well as premises for the city’s own service production. Public building enables the creation and maintenance of the basic necessities of urban life. Public building projects are often the result of cooperation between multiple parties.

Sirpa Hertell, chair of the Espoo Sustainable Development programme will attend the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development in the middle of July. Hertell will travel to New York as part of the Finnish delegation led by Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen.
Exhibition at Nature House Villa Elfvik 29 June–28 August 2016 presents detailed and beautiful species identification images painted by Sakke Yrjölä for his book Suomen kalat (The Fishes of Finland) The exhibition is part of Espoo’s thematic year for increasing awareness of local lakes. It introduces visitors to the wealth of colours and shapes swimming beneath the surface.


  • Espoo was the first city which joined the Society's Commitment to Sustainable Development in Finland. Different units, companies and networks of the city have taken part in the programme through their own practical activities. The Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development rewarded Espoo's commitment as the most impactful of the year.


Published 2011-12-22 7:23 , updated 2015-01-02 9:39