Helsinki is an active urban space that thrives on the interactive energy created by its residents, entrepreneurs and visitors, making a city where both people and companies feel at home. The population has been growing by about one percent every year for the past decade, and it appears that same rate will continue in the years to come. The city's growth rate is explained by its attractiveness as a place to live and work.
A highly functioning and egalitarian everyday life, easy mobility, diverse offering of leisure activities and a nature-driven urban environment draw people to Helsinki from around the world.
An up and coming cityscape of skyscrapers and wood architecture
Helsinki's dense urban structure is growing and marked by a distinct mix of different functions, creating an effective and pleasant foundation for everyday living. The city's development is dictated by people and nature. Services are never far, regardless of the district.
The city's architecture is innovative and top-notch. Awe-inspiring examples of creative design can be enjoyed for example at the newly opened central library Oodi, the hugely popular contemporary art museum Amos Rex, the Music Centre, or in the newest city districts under development of Pasila, Jätkäsaari or Kalasatama.
Helsinki is safe, attractive, and most importantly: it's growing. It's great to be a part of a developing entrepreneurial landscape in this city.
The Pasila railway station takes passengers to other parts of the country as well as to Saint Petersburg. The transport hub will soon be graced by Tripla, a development project comprising a three-block complex of a shopping centre, residential housing, hotels and offices. The area will have a special focus on vertical development and Helsinki will soon receive its first skyscrapers.
The urban planning in the area is paying special attention to environmental initiatives. Tripla will offer 300 charging stations for electric cars, and a third of its roof area will become park areas equipped with green roofs.
A touch of nature is also visible in Jätkäsaari, a district where architecture has a strong emphasis on wooden materials – the new urban city block Wood City will bring wood into a visible role in its facades.
Traffic planning, too, has a focus on environmental factors. The Crown Bridges project will connect the districts of Laajasalo and Kalasatama as well as the Korkeasaari island to the downtown area. The bridge project will produce a 10-kilometre environmentally-friendly route for light traffic and trams.
A growing city invites experimentation and success
The role of a city as an enabler and creator of growth is understood in Helsinki. The city actively creates partnerships with NGOs and anyone interested in developing and enriching the city. The model is based on openness and transparency.
The growing city of Helsinki is a wonderful place to try one's hand in different fields. The urban environment offers a good growing platform for innovation work for companies, and the multi-hued city also attracts more and more international companies, investments, expertise and visitors. Helsinkians are well educated, and the English language is enough to get by on both around the city and in working life.
The capital region with its population of 1.1 million inhabitants is heavily influenced by the presence of the sea and the buzz brought in by sea traffic. Helsinki became the world's busiest passenger port in 2018. Direct daily destinations from Helsinki include Estonia's capital Tallinn and Sweden's capital Stockholm. Summertime Helsinki sees many luxury passenger ships, many arriving here from as far as the Caribbean.