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Helsinki safety survey

Data collection for the Helsinki Safety Survey has ended. This page contains more information on the safety survey. The survey results will be reported online in spring 2022, and the survey report will be published in 2022.

What is the Helsinki safety survey?

The survey examines the experiences and views of Helsinki residents regarding the safety of the city and their residential area and the development of the perceived safety. The information is utilised in the operational planning of the city authorities, the Rescue Department and the Helsinki Police Department as well as in allocating measures to various areas. In addition, the survey collects data on the crime-related experiences and accidents of Helsinki residents as well as the service capacity of the police and the Rescue Department. Similar information is not available in other sources, such as authoritative statistics. That is why each response to the survey is extremely valuable.

The research data will be collected in the autumn of 2021. The first results will be published in early 2022 and reported on this site as well as in the Kvartti online publication. The results will also be summarised in a printed research report.  The respondents cannot be identified based on their responses. The results will be analysed based on the entire city and residential areas (districts) as well as the population groups (gender, age, language group). The survey is implemented every three years as a cooperation between the City of Helsinki and Helsinki Police Department. The results of the 2018 survey are reported in the publication “Turvallista ja rauhallista, Helsingin turvallisuustutkimus 2018” (in Finnish, with a preface and key results in English).

How are the respondents of the survey selected?

About 7,800 Helsinki residents, aged 15–79, were randomly selected for the survey. The 34 districts of Helsinki are equally represented in the survey, making it possible to analyse the results based on both the entire city as well as at a smaller, district-based level.  The safety survey is available in Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian and Estonian. Participation in the survey is voluntary. The addresses of the respondents were collected from the Helsinki population information system. The address information will be deleted when the data collection of the survey has ended.

How will the collected data be processed?

The City of Helsinki will be in charge of planning the survey, analysing the survey data, reporting the results and storing the research materials as a controller. Tutkimustie Oy will manage data collection tasks as commissioned by the City of Helsinki. Tutkimustie Oy is in charge of the online survey and compiles the responses of the survey into the research materials. The responses will be processed confidentially and anonymously and only used for research purposes.

Other use of the data

The City of Helsinki may afterwards, in individual cases, disclose research materials to research institutes and institutes of higher education for scientific and historical research and analysis. The disclosed materials will not include identification data received from the Helsinki population information system, such as addresses, and individual respondents cannot be identified from the materials. Disclosing the research materials requires the recipient to draw up a research plan indicating the intended use of the materials. The City of Helsinki and the recipient conclude an agreement on the disclosure of the research materials, specifying the terms and conditions of disclosure.

Responding to the survey

Only the selected individuals can respond to the survey.  If you have received an invitation to participate in the safety survey, you can take the survey online or fill in the survey form and send it in the attached return envelope free of charge.

More information:

If you have any questions concerning the survey, please contact:

Researcher Vesa Keskinen, City of Helsinki, Executive Office,, +358 (0)9 310 36 296 (weekdays 9:30 am - 11:30 am)
Specialist Katariina Kainulainen-D’Ambrosio, City of Helsinki, Executive Office, +358 (0)9 310 36 023, (weekdays 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Helsinki safety survey in other languages:

In Finnish - suomeksi
In Swedish - på svenska
In Russian - на русском языке
In Estonian - eesti keeles

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