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Helsinki's experientially evolving city centre awarded

The Elävät Kaupunkikeskustat ry ("Living City Centres") association has awarded its City centre of the Year 2017 prize to the Helsinki city centre for its multi-level and diverse reforms.

Helsinki has been renewed actively during the last quarter of a decade and the development continues. During the jubilee year 2017, Helsinki's European centre is individual, enjoyable, competitive, tourist-minded and safe as well.

"Wellbeing radiates from the energetic centre to the entire City. We are proud of this valuable recognition and we want to make sure that the pulsating heart of Helsinki works as a common place for experiences and meetings for all Finns", says Mayor Jussi Pajunen.

The jury commended the compactness, the commercial pulse and the eventfulness.

History, the present and the future overlap each other in Helsinki. It is easy for everyone to find the shops, restaurants with terraces and cultural experiences by foot. In the nuclear centre everything is densely available within a radius of a couple of hundred meters. The competition jury found that this makes the Helsinki city centre superior even in comparison to the other Nordic capitals. The user experience in our city is glorious.

The Chairman of the jury Matti Mare admires the commercial pulse of the Helsinki city centre. "The centre enlightens the entire metropolis. All the roads, means of transportation and even the sea lead to the Helsinki city centre. Commerce stayed, and will remain, in the centre. Is the number one trade centre in Finland."

The annual eventfulness is great. Created by Engel, the historical Senate Square can offer a "pop-up" scene for an international X Factor star, for the widely rated Helsinki Christmas Market and even Lux Helsinki. The museumness does not restrict the future. The cooperation between the City and business life is not always easy, but it works in Helsinki. And the things we were not been able to fit on the ground were moved underground, such as the maintenance world and extensive parking systems.     

Helsinki City Marketing is one of the oldest city associations in Finland. Through its sturdy membership communities, it fortifies the enrichening cooperation. The legendary Christmas opening festivities started way back in the late 1940s. The Christmas opening festivities (for the 69th time) of the jubilee year are anticipated by entire Finland. 

Photo: Patrik Lindström

Caption: Mayor Jussi Pajunen (3rd from the left) accepted the City centre of the Year 2017 Award at the Helsinki City Hall on 14 February together with Head of the City Marketing unit Saila Machere (2nd from the left) and City Engineer Raimo K. Saarinen (1st from the left) and Helsinki City Marketing representatives, Executive Director Riitta Lassander (5th from the left) and Shopping Center Manager Tiina Fågel (4th from the left).

Price jury also in the picture: Retail Flow Finland's Senior Consultant Matti Mare (1st from the right), Kauppatieto CEO Lasse Yrjänä (2nd from the right), Ministry of the Environment Senior Construction Adviser Aulis Tynkkynen (3rd from the right) and the representative of last year's winner, the City of Tampere, Project Development Director Minna Seppänen (4th from the right).


The Price Jury's comments about the Helsinki city centre:

"Persevering urban culture, planning and internationalisation are at the core of development"
"Helsinki City Marketing engages in excellently blooming cooperation with its events as well"
"The city centre already has internationally interesting art museums" (even without Guggenheim...)
"The elegant Keskuskatu is Finland's premier urban space with its mathematical figures"
"Pohjoisesplanadi has a sensitive Parisian atmosphere during each season of the year"
"The glorious winter lightings are the latest goody of the centre"
"The calm wooden chapel in Kamppi is a speciality among all the other fuss"
"The dings and dongs from the trams belong to a living metropolis and capital city centre"
"Originally, the Lasipalatsi ("Glass Palace") was temporary: what will happen to Allas and the ferris wheel in Katajanokka?
"A high-quality directive for movable furniture may have to be created for the fabulous Keskuskatu"
"The opening of the West Metro is highly anticipated, as is the Central Library and Amos Rex!"
"The Keskustatunneli will be built..."

Last year, the City centre prize was awarded to the City of Tampere.


Elävät Kaupunkikeskustat ry