The analysis of regional cities reveals the high-flyers

Along with the major cities and provincial centers, there are a number of cities in Finland, which serve as centers of their own area and at the same time as the locomotives of vitality throughout the region. These cities are called regional cities, which make up the regional network of districts co-ordinated by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.

MDI carried out a statistical analysis of the vitality and attractiveness of 55 Finnish regional cities on the basis of the regional network of districts and the SEUTU program. The number is called the T55 cities. The thread of the analysis is the position, role and importance of regional cities in the field of Finnish regional development and urban policy.

According to the analysis, the regional cities in Finland have more dividers than connecting factors. In particular, the differences in employment and business dynamics are considerable. In 12 districts the employment rate exceeded 70% already in 2016, while in the four districts the employment rate is even below 60%. The vitality of the regional cities is destroyed by two key factors: negative population and job development. Only four districts of the suburbs managed to grow in demographic growth in 2010-2017.

The report presents the results of vitality and attraction analysis based on statistical analysis and a series of suggestions for the development of regional cities

Download the analysis (in Finnish) here.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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