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Finland continues as the happiest country in the world

For the 7th year in a row, Finland ranks as the happiest country in the world in the UN World Happiness Report 2024. The findings, announced today to mark the UN’s International Day of Happiness, are powered by data from the Gallup World Poll and analysed by some of the world’s leading wellbeing scientists.



Declaration of European Mayors signed by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council 

On behalf of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, our Regional Mayor Tuija Telén has signed a declaration given by European Regions and Cities to strengthen urban policy. The declaration presents concrete recommendations for the development of an impactful and ambitious EU urban policy.

Brussels attractions such as Manneken Pis and the tower of Grand-Place, an alarm clock, and people sitting on chairs, talking and pondering. The logo of the WCEF event, which reads World Circular Economy Forum 2024. News


Finnish circular economy solutions showcased at World Circular Economy Forum

Finland, a pioneer in circular economy, will be a prominent participant in the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) organised in April. Finland will showcase new circular economy innovations and cooperation models at the Forum. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley is also participating in the Circular Economy Super Week.



New study: up to €40 million business opportunity in concrete waste

VTT was commissioned by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley to investigate the material flows and business opportunities of construction and demolition in Helsinki-Uusimaa. The results show that the generation of construction waste is strongly concentrated in the metropolitan area.



Helsinki-Uusimaa RDI roadmap steps to become European forerunner in innovation

Helsinki-Uusimaa has set a goal to become the most innovative region in Europe by 2030. Currently, nearly 50 per cent of the research and development expenses in Finland can be found in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and research, development, and innovation activities (RDI) make up about 3,9 per cent of the regional gross domestic product. The aim is to increase these investments to five percent of the regional gross domestic product.



Scandria Alliance and CPMR: Spotlight on the resilience of the transport system

Local and regional representatives of the Scandria Alliance and the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, together with EU and national representatives, met in Helsinki on 6-7 November to discuss the implications of the new geopolitical context on transport and infrastructures in the Baltic Sea Region and wider Europe.



Tuija Telén new Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Mayor

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Assembly has elected Tuija Telén (M.Sc) as the new Regional Mayor. When elected to the office, she is the City Mayor for Karkkila - a position she has held since 2018.



Janne Leino new Head of Helsinki EU Office in Brussels 

Janne Leino (M.A.) has started in his position as the new Head of the Helsinki EU Office in Brussels. Mr Leino, with a strong international career, has previously worked for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), where he coordinated the interests’ promotion of a network with more than one hundred offices in Brussels.



Helsinki Smart Region continuously an Innovation Leader

In the bi-yearly edition of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard published in July 2023, the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region holds the overall position of the second most innovative region in Europe. Innovation performance of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region has increased over time by 18%.



Entrepreneurs’ Vitality Barometer: Helsinki-Uusimaa the most vital region in Finland

Entrepreneurs find the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region the most vital in Finland. The second most vital region is that of Pirkanmaa, surrounding Tampere, and Ostrobothnia is the 3rd in ranking. The opinions of regional entrepreneurs were asked in a barometer. Three categories were measured: networking, leadership and decision-making.



Helsinki-Uusimaa Award 2024 – Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development 

With the Helsinki-Uusimaa Award, the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council wants to offer a reward with the themes Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. This time the reward is given for activities furthering cooperation, culture and an ecologically more sustainable way of life in the region.



Cities and regions demanding amendments to EU Nature Restoration Law

The largest cities in Finland, most of its Regional Councils and the Association of Finnish Municipalities have expressed their serious concern about Article 6 of the EU Nature Restoration Law, currently under preparation. A shared statement with a comprehensive list of signatories, with suggested amendments to the draft regulation, has been given to be used by the current government formation negotiators in our country. Advocacy work is also continuously carried out in Brussels.



Threat of increasing urban sprawl by EU Nature Restoration Law 

The larger cities and towns in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, along with the Regions of Southern Finland want to make an impact on the Article 6 in the suggested EU Nature Restoration Law by sharing their proposals for amendments. In its current wording, the Article would significantly complicate sustainable growth in Finnish cities and towns. It would in fact, on the contrary to its aim, lead to urban sprawl harmful for both nature and climate.