First OmaStadi voting was a succes. Photo: Marja Väänänen

Helsinki boosts English-language services

“Helsinki seeks to improve as an inclusive and engaging city, where everybody can feel that they are equal members of the community,” says Ilkka Haahtela, Head of the Labour Force and Immigration unit at City of Helsinki Economic Development, in the new edition of Helsinki’s resident publication Helsinki-lehti.

Helsinki develops high-quality English-language services with comprehensive service chains to help build an increasingly international, open and attractive city. “Good English-language services are a key part of our efforts to attract international workforce and talent,” Haahtela says.

Haahtela has completed an agenda for improvements in City customer service and communications in English.

Today 15.7% of Helsinki’s population is foreign born, and two-thirds of Helsinki’s population growth comes from immigration. English is widely used by the international community, while native English speakers today number 6,700. Helsinki’s international population is projected to increase to one-quarter of the total population by 2035.

International professionals find a good work-life balance in Helsinki

 “I receive great reflections from staff on living in Helsinki. Many people report enjoying the local lifestyle,” says Melanie Dower, who is in charge of Relocation & Onboarding at the mobile game development company Supercell in Helsinki.

Dower reflects on the challenges and solutions related to the adjustment of international professionals in Helsinki in a Helsinki-lehti article.

Player Support Specialist Minyoung Kang of Supercell has discovered, “The corporate culture here is relaxed.”

Neighbourhood guides solve housing problems

All Helsinki districts are served by City of Helsinki neighbourhood guides. The guides are volunteers who help Helsinki residents from other cultures and new to the area to solve problems with housing.

“More neighbourhood guides are needed, especially Kurdish and Arabic speaking, and men are welcome!” declares Seinab Omar, a neighbourhood-guide project worker.

The first OmaStadi voting was a success

Voting in the OmaStadi participatory budgeting process closed at the end of October. Voter turnout was close to 8%. This was the biggest electronic voting event to date organised by the public sector in Finland.

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