Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme 2.0: the region is aiming at climate neutrality by the year 2035

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme 2.0 includes a vision for 2050 and strategic priorities for 2018–2021.

The Programme is carried out with the help of a more detailed, and annual Implementation Plan.

Vision 2050: Helsinki Region – Cool & the Most Vibrant Region in Europe

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region of the future aims to be cool, and the most vibrant region in Europe.

Cool reflects to climate-awareness, tourism growth and a positive atmosphere. Vibrancy stems from active, energetic and enterprising inhabitants, and technological business pioneers.

Three strategic priorities are used to fulfil the vision. Choices are made and actions are taken to create a climate-aware and diverse region offering competence and wellbeing for its inhabitants, and hosting successful and responsible businesses.

The strategic priorities for 2018–2021:

  • Human Wellbeing and Competence
  • Successful and Responsible Business
  • Climate-aware and Diverse Region

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is aiming at climate neutrality by the year 2035. The municipalities of Helsinki-Uusimaa, the Government Administration as well as the entrepreneurial and the educational sector will take account of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme in their own programmes, financial decisions and projects.

The Regional Programme is a steering instrument for the regional development and the allocation of regional resources. It was built in active cooperation between The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Uusimaa (ELY), along with municipalities, business life, universities, research institutes and organisations.

> Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme

Implementation Plan


The Implementation Plan is drawn up annually. The Plan outlines the actors for individual projects and preliminary project budgets stated in the Regional Programme. The Plan is constantly updated in a consultation process involving the key stakeholders in the region, and the partners responsible for each project.

Smart Specialisation

The smart specialisation strategy for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is a significant instrument to create sustainable growth based on innovation. The umbrella theme of the strategy for Helsinki-Uusimaa is "Resource wise Helsinki-Uusimaa". This refers to a prudent and proactive use of various resources in ways that support the region's carbon neutrality goals, urban development, well-functioning and healthy everyday life, and industrial and sectoral reform.

With this strategy Helsinki-Uusimaa can keep the place as Europe's leading innovation area, which it reached in 2019, while aiming to be among the best resource wise regions.

Under the umbrella theme there are three strategic priorities:

  • Climate neutrality
  • Citizens' city
  • Industrial modernisation

The international communication around smart specialisation is compiled under the Helsinki Smart Region brand.

> Helsinki Smart Region website

> Smart specialisation strategy for Helsinki-Uusimaa region (pdf)