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Democracy and participation become stronger

1 Open Helsinki

In an open city, the residents are part of the community and the decision-making processes are opened up to all residents. The documents and other data produced by the City are available to all residents, easily and without any obstacles. In addition, the information can be utilised in all operations that are not connected to the City's operations. The openness of preparation is improved and the residents are encouraged to use electronic information searches, participation and channels of influence.


•A joint feedback channel is created for the residents so that they are able to give feedback.
•Web services and interaction channels are developed. Also, their implementation is promoted.
•New electronic and interactional methods are created so that residents can take part in the development of the city.
•The public opening of information is continued by developing the Ahjo system and the Helsinki Region Infoshare project.
•The development of virtual and electronic communications is important.

2 Interactive Helsinki

Representative democracy is strengthened, the possibilities of the residents to participate and influence are increased and the methods related to the actions are improved. The development of areal democracy is continued on the basis of experiences received from the projects related to areal experimentation. Possibilities for the realisation of a direct democracy and active municipal residency are supported.


•Permanent structures are created for the interaction and cooperation between the city residents and the departments. The participation and influencing possibilities of the youth are improved.
•The realisation of pilot projects connected to areal participation is supported, and new operation models are created on this basis.
•Involving budgeting is tried out in, for example, the Education Department, the Youth Department and the City Library. The possibilities of involving budgeting are also investigated in other services.
•The prevention of digital exclusion is ensured by offering electronic learning and participation possibilities.
•An operation model is created for democracy spaces and the utilisation of existing spaces is made easier.
•Advisory referendums are introduced.
•In Finland, the City is a pioneer in open data. The change creates more innovative and creative services in Helsinki. Decision-making processes are opened (ICT) and alternative solutions are introduced as a basis for the decision-making.

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