Helsinki Quarterly addresses issues around sustainable growth

Helsinki’s population keeps on growing, and the city is in the midst of demographic and physical city-structural change. Our growing city needs new high-quality housing areas. In addition, it needs to safeguard the social wellbeing of residents and ensure that development in the city is in harmony with the city’s climate targets.

The latest issue of Helsinki Quarterly – appearing today – makes an overview of current demographic trends in Finland, trends that are increasingly bringing new residents into the major city regions, especially the Helsinki Region. In addition, the journal presents measures in Helsinki to curb climate change, as well as climate attitudes among residents and, also, an evaluation made by the city of how well the UN goals for sustainable development have been achieved in Helsinki.

A dense and safe urban structure

Meeting ecological ambitions, among others, many of the new housing developments in Helsinki are dense and city-like, and pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure is a key factor. One of the articles of the fresh Helsinki Quarterly looks at influences behind the present planning ideals and at the history of construction in Inner Helsinki. From the angle of social sustainability, the safety of residents is an important element in the urban environment. The issue also presents a recurrent safety survey in Helsinki evaluating how safe residents feel in their home town and their own neighbourhood.

Helsinki Quarterly is the annual English-language issue of the Kvartti journal published by the City of Helsinki. Kvartti appears three times a year in Finnish and Swedish presenting fresh research and statistics on Helsinki. The articles of the journal can be studied at

Read the whole issue: Helsinki Quarterly 2/2019 (link)

Interview with Miika Norppa: Denser, livelier, more ecological – how Helsinki put the inner city back in focus (link)

Esa Nikunen: What is Helsinki doing to fight climate change? (link)

Jukka Hirvonen: Environmental awareness is at a good level, but actions do not always reflect attitudes (link)

Pekka Vuori: Helsinki Region continues to draw people in – an overview of the population projections for Finland, Helsinki and the Helsinki Region until 2050 (link)

Vesa Keskinen: Helsinki residents feel safer than at any time in the past 15 years (link)

Ari Jaakola & Johanna af Hällström & Petteri Huuska & Sanna-Mari Jäntti & Marjo Kaasila & Pirita Kuikka & Olli Lahtinen: From agenda to action – local implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Helsinki (link)