Quarterly 1/2017 04/03/2017  |  Pasi Saukkonen

Immigrants and employment in Helsinki

Labour marketImmigration

Employment is often considered an important indicator for immigrant integration. Entering the labour market has great significance for people moving to Finland, but also for the Finnish society and, at local level, for the municipality.

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Quarterly 1/2017 04/03/2017  |  Pasi Mäenpää, Maija Faehnle

Civic activism as a resource for cities


A significant social change is taking place in civil society in Helsinki and neighbouring cities. Activities based on networks and peer-to-peer production are emerging due to the internet and social media, inspiring new forms of agency. This leads to changes in civil society and thereby also changes in cities and how they are planned and developed.

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Quarterly 1/2017 04/03/2017  |  Netta Mäki

Asylum seekers expected to have little impact on the growth of Helsinki’s foreign-language population


The number of residents speaking a foreign mother tongue has increased rapidly in Helsinki over the past few years, as has their proportion of the total population. The rise is set to continue, but the impact of the recent inflows of asylum applicants on Helsinki's foreign-language population is expected to remain limited.

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Quarterly 1/2017 04/03/2017  |  Pekka Mustonen, Taru Lindblom

Cultural participation and cultural preferences in Helsinki

ParticipationUrban culture

Cultural participation in Helsinki is a little studied topic.

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Quarterly 1/2017 03/31/2017  |  Timo M. Kauppinen, Katja Vilkama

Entry to homeownership among immigrants in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area


In Finland and in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, immigrants live in owner-occupied housing far less frequently than the native population. A corresponding mismatch can also be seen in many other countries, particularly with regard to immigrants who have been in the country for a short period of time.

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Quarterly 1/2017 03/31/2017  |  Henrik Lönnqvist, Minna Salorinne

Long-term unemployment at a record high, but light at the end of the tunnel

Labour market

The rates of employment and unemployment in Helsinki have seen considerable variation between 1987 and 2016, the period examined in this article. At the end of 2016, the trend in unemployment has finally taken a turn for the better after a long difficult period. However, long-term unemployment remains at a record high.

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Quarterly 1/2017 03/30/2017  |  Ari Jaakola, Katja Vilkama

Helsinki's present state and development 2016

City data

At the end of 2016, Helsinki had 635,000 inhabitants. The population has been growing rapidly, by 8,000 annually on average in 2013–2016. This means an annual population increase of 1.3 per cent.

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Quarterly 1/2017 03/30/2017  |  Timo Cantell

Editorial 1/2017

City data

The present issue of Helsinki Quarterly functions as an overview of essential research topics that City of Helsinki Urban Facts has dealt with during the past year. The thematic range reveals the multiplicity of aspects related to urban life, but also of the information required by the authorities to successfully develop a city.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/07/2016  |  Timo Cantell, Tanja Vahtikari

Editorial 2/2016: Helsinki in transnational historical perspectives

Urban history

The present issue of Helsinki Quarterly sets out to explore the history of Helsinki – urban actors, events, spaces and processes – from a transnational, comparative perspective. By doing so, it also takes the reader to several urban spaces in Helsinki, which even today display a multilayered, transnational past.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/07/2016  |  Laura Kolbe

Communicating civic or historical pride? The city hall in Scandinavian capital cities

City comparisonsConstructionUrban history

The development between 1880 and 1950 changed the use of urban areas in European metropolises. Monumental new city halls were central elements in Scandinavian capital cities.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/07/2016  |  Anja Kervanto Nevanlinna

Ports, industries and economics in the urban history of Helsinki

NeighbourhoodsUrban historyRegional economy

Ports and industries are at the core of the urban history of Helsinki. Industrialization and the construction of the major port at the end of the nineteenth century ensured Helsinki a solid economy for developing a modern and innovative city.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/06/2016  |  Mikko Huhtamies

Help, business or piracy?

Urban history

The Northern Baltic is the best place in the world for marine archaeology for one reason: the wrecks are often in a good shape, because there is no teredo navalis, or shipworm, in this sea area.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/06/2016  |  Matti O. Hannikainen

Helsinki - a compact green city

City comparisonsEnvironmentUrban history

This article analyses and explains how the creation and role of public green space in Helsinki has evolved since the 1990s and contrasts this development with that of London.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/06/2016  |  Peter Clark

Early years of the European Association for Urban History

Urban history

The establishment of the EAUH in 1989 built on two previous initiatives in urban history.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/06/2016  |  Marjaana Niemi

Bridge to a better future: town planning in Helsinki, Tallinn and Dublin in the 1910s

City comparisonsNeighbourhoodsUrban history

Town planning was used in Helsinki and similar capitals of emerging independent states to redefine the city and the nation in relation to the rapidly changing world

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/06/2016  |  Silja Laine

History and urban prose fiction in Helsinki: case Toivo Tarvas

Urban historyUrban culture

Some of the most distinguished contemporary Finnish writers, such as Kjell Westö, are urban writers. In the first decades of the twentieth century Toivo Tarvas was one of the very few Helsinki-born writers. The works of this little-known author are especially interesting for urban historians, because they offer observations of a city undergoing profound changes.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/06/2016  |  Martti Helminen

Multiculturalism in Helsinki has a long history

Urban historyImmigration

Foreign languages have been spoken in the streets of Helsinki throughout the past 450 years. The first migrants came mainly from present-day Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, while the 19th century saw the arrival of a large number of Russian traders and entrepreneurs.

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Quarterly 2/2016 07/06/2016  |  Marjatta Hietala

In search of the latest know-how in the development of public infrastructure in Helsinki

WelfareUrban history

From the end of the nineteenth century to the 1960s, the city officials of Helsinki made a great number of study tours and visits to other European cities to learn about the latest innovations in public infrastructure.

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Quarterly 3/2015 11/20/2015  |  Pia Houni, Heli Ansio

Coworking spaces - creative sparks in the urban milieu

Labour marketNeighbourhoodsUrban culture

Coworking spaces shared by creative professionals and knowledge workers have become increasingly popular in Helsinki in recent years. For people who work alone, these spaces provide not only social contacts and like-minded colleagues but also the opportunity to discover professional support and networks that benefit the work.

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Quarterly 3/2015 11/20/2015  |  Teemu Vass

Interview: The digitised city is a goldmine of data and information

ParticipationUrban culture

The digitisation of cities can open up unforeseen opportunities from which we must learn to benefit, says Timo Cantell, new editor-in-chief of Kvartti and director at City of Helsinki Urban Facts since April.

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