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Safe and pleasant city

Safety is a broad concept and touches nearly every aspect of life. Safety is also one of the values that guide City of Helsinki operations. A safe and pleasant living environment and city centre are important for both residents and visitors.

The perceptions of safety among Helsinki residents are studied at three-year intervals with extensive resident surveys. The most recent survey was conducted in 2018.

The City of Helsinki plays an important role in promoting everyday safety and in securing undisturbed city operations. In addition to a pleasant and functional urban environment, safety in the city is enhanced by well-executed social and health care services, because deviations or deficiencies in these services are reflected in everyday safety.  The City of Helsinki also ensures that city plans take into account safety in the living environment. 


Traffic safety improvements are crucial goals in all traffic and transportation planning. 

Fire and rescue authorities prevent accidents with information and guidelines, by monitoring fire safety at properties and the execution of rescue plans, and with chemicals control. The authorities also organise safety training and inform organizers of public events about safety aspects. Click here to read more about the City's Rescue Department 

City of Helsinki maintains the cleanliness and safety of public areas, streets, squares and parks. Click here to learn more about City maintenance with Stara, the City of Helsinki's construction service company

City of Helsinki ensures in cooperation with other authorities that a building and its immediate environment are in appropriate condition and fulfil the requirements of health, safety and usability. Click here to find out more about the City of Helsinki's role in developing Helsinki

Social services and health care authorities manage resident social welfare, income support, child welfare, health care and substance-abuse related affairs, as well as ensuring safe and healthy housing conditions. Click here to find out more about social and health care services in Helsinki

City of Helsinki deals with factors that endanger resident health in dwellings and in the environment, prevent environmental degradation and mitigate damage caused by environmental degradation. Animal protection is also part of the responsibilities of the Helsinki environmental and health authorities.
Environmental protection and oversight

The Safety and Preparedness unit in the City Executive Office is the City of Helsinki expert in local safety planning and continuity management. The unit is responsible for general promotion and coordination of safety issues.

Instructions and information for problem situations

Click here for Regional safety information and emergency announcements

Click here for multilingual online information services in Finland

Click here for information on urgent care

The Police Department 

The police maintain order in public places and safety in both public and private places. The City of Helsinki and the Helsinki Police Department collaborate closely in city safety matters. Click here for more information about the Helsinki Police Department’s operations and services



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