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 preparation of the Espoo Story for the next City Council term has begun. Read more at espoo.fi/myespoo

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.

The vision of the City of Espoo

Espoo is a network city comprising five city centres. The City of Espoo is a responsible and humane pioneer. Espoo is a good place for everybody to live, learn and work and be an entrepreneur. In Espoo, residents can truly have an influence.

The values and modus operandi of the City of Espoo


The City of Espoo is resident- and customer-oriented

Smooth everyday life is important in Espoo. The best resources in Espoo are its residents, communities and companies. Active involvement of residents in the development of our services and our comprehensive co-operation with partners ensure effective services that meet the needs of the residents.

The City of Espoo is a responsible pioneer

We are broadminded, creative and open, challenge status quo and have the courage to seek out new ways. We utilize research and international experience, organize experiments and deal with possible failures. Development in Espoo is economically, ecologically, socially and culturally sustainable.

The City of Espoo is fair

We act openly and fairly and treat people with equality, humanity and tolerance.

Cross-administrative development programmes of the City of Espoo

Cross-administrative development programmes are one of the key means of implementing the Espoo Story. Development programmes are used to organise and steer development work in order to achieve the objectives outlined in the Espoo Story. The City Board approved the programme plans on 12 February 2018. This is when the implementation of the programmes began through various projects and measures. The mid-term reviews of the development programmes took place in autumn 2019, and the programme period will end in early 2021. Programme steering groups are a special feature of the cross-administrative development programmes. The programme steering groups are composed of office-holders and elected officials.

The cross-administrative development programmes for the council term 2017-2021 are:

  • Participatory Espoo
  • Inspiring, dynamic Espoo
  • Sustainable Espoo
  • Healthy Espoo

Mid-term review of the Espoo Story 2019 (in Finnish)

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