Evaluation: Population of Helsinki-Uusimaa region will grow even faster than previously predicted

MDI evaluated the realisation of the population projection in the Helsinki-Uusimaa land use plan 2050, for Helsinki-Uusimaa regional council. The assessment concluded that all aspects associated with population growth have been positive and that growth has been more rapid than expected. The main reason for this is the continuing positive net migration flow from the rest of Finland. Despite this significant increase in total population, differences within the Helsinki-Uusimaa region itself are notable. The region is not benefiting uniformly.

The assessment evaluated the likelihood of five different population projections which were originally made in 2017. The main conclusion is that the strong centralising growth -scenario is the most likely to happen. During the first two decades of the 21st century, the Helsinki-Uusimaa region has grown three times as fast as the country as a whole.

The composition of the internal migration flow has been optimal for the Helsinki-Uusimaa region which is a net winner in terms of the migration of the young, young adults, the employed and the highly educated. This in turn creates a positive multiplier effect in term of the region’s demographic structure.

More information: https://www.uudenmaanliitto.fi/uudenmaan_liitto/uutishuone/tiedotteet/uudenmaan_vaesto_kasvaa_jo_ennusteita_nopeammin_-_suurin_syy_on_muuttovoitto_muualta_suomesta.34232.blog

The whole assessment: https://www.uudenmaanliitto.fi/files/23298/Vaestoprojektion_toteutumisen_arviointi.pdf

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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