20 years ago, Espoo became a sister city to the largest city in the world, Shanghai. All citizens are now invited to celebrate the jubilee. Did you know that Espoo is the most Chinese city in Finland – one third, or 3,000, of the Chinese citizens living in Finland live here.
Finns have vast business opportunities in Shanghai. Chinese people are especially interested in Finnish entrepreneurship, innovations and clean technology. The role of the authorities at the start of co-operation is significant – the job of the city is to open the door for Finnish operators in Shanghai and to introduce operators from Shanghai to partners in Espoo.
Milestones along the journey have included, for example, the establishment of the start-up event Slush in Shanghai and the close co-operation of Aalto University with Tong University in Shanghai. Last year, Espoo was invited as a guest city to the most important technology fair in China. The City of Espoo promotes the meeting of Chinese professionals living in Finland and companies aiming for the Chinese market with the association Sino-Talent Finland.
The Chinese also want to learn from the Finnish education systems, which differs greatly from their own. They are interested in increasing the joy of learning, among other things. In Espoo, the co-operation is reflected, for example, in the fact that Espoo’s upper secondary schools have gained twin schools from Shanghai.
Organise an event
All Espoo residents are invited to organise events to celebrate the jubilee year. Let’s make China and Chinese culture visible! The event can even be organised for a limited group of participants.
You can apply for funding from the city for organising the event.