Helsinki is the main stage for Finland’s EU Presidency period from July to December
2019. The meetings arranged in Finland will mainly be held at the Finlandia Hall. The opening of the presidency period is celebrated on July 8 at an open summer event on the Kansalaistori square and in the Töölönlahti Park. At the opening, the visitors can experience the Finnish summer day at its best.
Helsinki will be filled with a festival atmosphere on the city’s birthday, 12 June, with over a hundred individual events spread out across dozens of districts and neighbourhoods. The programme includes art and music, sports and exercise, guided tours, workshops and garden parties. All of the events are free of charge and open to all.
Helsinki Biennial is an international art event that will bring superior contemporary art to maritime Helsinki. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in summer 2020 in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island.
The city councils of Helsinki and Espoo have approved the new cost estimate for Jokeri Light Rail, and now the alliance is preparing to start the construction. Construction of the light rail is planned to start at the beginning of June at several sites in both Helsinki and Espoo. More information on the schedule and impact of the construction will be provided during May.
The pricing of public transport tickets in the HSL area will fundamentally change on 27 April when the old fare zones based on municipal boundaries are replaced by the new zones. Internal, regional and extended regional tickets will become a thing of the past and instead, tickets will be purchased for zones A, B, C and D.
The second Helsinki Education Week will be held 4–8 November 2019. The week’s series of events will highlight the work carried out in Helsinki daycare centres, schools and other educational institutions. Last year’s Helsinki Education Week comprised more than 120 learning events held throughout the city. A large part of the programme is organized with international education experts and innovators.
Following a year of development work, the lobby of the Helsinki City Hall Lobby opens today with a brand new concept. Henceforth, the lobby is a place for everyone who is interested in the City and its future.