All residents of Helsinki aged 13 or over are eligible to vote. You can vote on the OmaStadi website and at City of Helsinki service points. Support for voting(Link leads to external service) is available at major districts’ libraries, service centres, community houses and different types of events.
“It’s wonderful to see how innovative Helsinki residents are. In the autumn, a record number of OmaStadi proposals from different parts of Helsinki were received. I’m convinced that the proposals to be ultimately implemented will make many people happy. Helsinki residents are clearly committed to the development of their city. Soon we will be able to vote on which of the proposals will be implemented,” says Mayor Juhana Vartiainen.
By voting, you can have a tangible impact on your local environment
The city made the decision on which of OmaStadi’s 1,626 proposals(Link leads to external service) proceeded to the vote. Previous to this, all of the resident-submitted proposals were evaluated according to the initiative’s preconditions. Explanations are provided for proposals that did not move forward as to why they did not comply with the said preconditions.
“There will be a lot of proposals to vote on, so everyone is sure to find five proposals from their area that they like most and want to vote. You can still influence after voting, as the winning proposals will be developed into feasible plans by the residents and the city’s experts,” explains Kirsi Verkka, Development Manager from the City Executive Office who is responsible for OmaStadi.
During the previous rounds on 2018–2019 and 2020–2021, city residents voted for 119 proposals to be implemented. Many of the proposals have already become reality or are about to be implemented. Some of them have been implemented quickly while others require major planning and or construction work.
OmaStadi is Helsinki’s way of engaging in participatory budgeting with city residents. In the ongoing third round of OmaStadi, Helsinki will use EUR 8.8 million to implement the residents’ proposals.