Espoo has been ranked twice as the most sustainable city in Europe, taking ecological, social and economic characteristics into account. And we want to hold on to the title also in the future.
So what makes Espoo that sustainable?
The division of housing, services and businesses across five city centres supports sustainable development of the city. Well-functioning public transport enables sustainable traffic and easy everyday life – even more now when metro started running in 2017.
Additionally, altogether 35 per cent of Espoo’s land area is covered with forest, meaning the city is recognised as a green city. From the global company headquarters of companies such as Nokia, Kone, Neste, Valmet, Fortum and Rovio, it is only 30 minutes’ drive to the wild nature of Nuuksio National Park. The use of renewable energy from waste and heat decreases the emissions of Espoo district heating.
According to various statistics, Espoo is the safest city in Finland, with the healthiest, happiest and most highly educated residents. It is a forerunner in education having been awarded for driving lifelong learning and promoting wellbeing and sense of community among people of different ages and different cultural backgrounds.
Benchmarking Sustainability performance of Espoo with selected EU cities 2017 (by Telos Research Institute)
The most sustainable city in Europe is also the most intelligent community in the world
The City of Espoo has won the international Intelligent Community Awards 2018. Espoo was the only European city among the seven finalists. The theme of the contest was ‘humanizing data’. This refers to the use of data for people-oriented service development.
Espoo Innovation Garden – the most intelligent community in the world
The Most Sustainable City in Europe is Now Also the Most Intelligent Community in the World