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A panel at the Embassy of Finland book launch: from left, book editor Debra Cagan, Ragna Árnadóttir, Pekka Sauri, Katja Iversen and Madeleine Lyrvall. Photo: Embassy of Finland

Pekka Sauri presents Helsinki’s approach to optimal city in the U.S. capital

A panel at the Embassy of Finland book launch: from left, book editor Debra Cagan, Ragna Árnadóttir, Pekka Sauri, Katja Iversen and Madeleine Lyrvall. Photo: Embassy of Finland

A new book on the Nordic solutions to building society was launched in Washington, D.C. on 6 October. One of the authors of the 45 essays of the book, Helsinki Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri joined the book launch held at the Embassy of Finland speaking about the power of cities in solving global challenges.

“Cities hold the keys to the future of civilization,” Sauri affirms. He says that Helsinki provides an example of striving for the optimal city by securing open information, free debate and equal access to high-quality education. “In Helsinki, all these vital elements are in place,” Sauri writes in his essay in Nordic Ways. “Helsinki has succeeded in providing its residents both a high quality of everyday life and a platform of creating value through creativity and innovation.”

Sauri explained in his address at the Embassy of Finland how globalization is about a communication revolution and how Helsinki seeks to bring City Hall on a par with the information exchange. According to Sauri, Helsinki wants to be part of the community debate and to create a platform for communication.

Nordic Ways was produced by The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Transatlantic Relations based in Washington, D.C. in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers.

“This book is about what the Nordic countries can tell us about the world. We are fascinated about these countries, and we want to present this book in Washington and to take it on the road,” said  András Simonyi, Nordic Ways Project Director and Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations

“We experience demand for Nordic solutions, and we see this book as an opportunity to offer Nordic solutions to global challenges,” said Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Deputy Mayor Sauri’s essay is the only contribution to Nordic Ways addressing cities and the solutions that cities can provide.

Nordic Ways is sold online by Brookings Institution. To purchase, go to https://www.brookings.edu/book/nordic-ways/

 

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