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The economy of Helsinki

This article examines on a broad level the development of Helsinki’s expenditure and income from 1950 to 2011. The increasing costs of the services required by the state have reduced the amount of leeway left for the city’s economy.

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Divergent regional economies in Europe

Population and production have been concentrated in urban areas, which have a crucial role in the economy nationally and globally. Approximately half of the total output of the world is produced in regions covering only 1.5% of the land area of the globe.

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Perceived insecurity in Helsinki is spatially concentrated

Since 2003, Helsinki has regularly surveyed residents’ perceptions of security. Perceived insecurity is more of a problem for women than for men, and exposure to violence or threats quite understandably increase people’s sense of insecurity.

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Quarterly 3/2013 |  12/05/2013Mika Helin

Legal graffiti in Helsinki

In May 2009, Helsinki opened its first authorised graffiti wall at Suvilahti. The opportunity to use graffiti walls was extended to Kalasatama in summer 2010 and 2011. This article presents the results of an ethnographic survey on the users and usage of the graffiti walls at Suvilahti and Kalasatama.

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Helsinki as a capital city

Helsinki was founded in 1550 by state decree and its most important characteristic has ever since been a close relationship to the state. The foundation of Helsinki was prompted by the commercial interest of the Swedish realm, and the aim was to make the city large and mighty – even though this entailed that burghers from other towns were ordered by the King to move to Helsinki.

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Helsinki: Key trends in figures and charts

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing metropolises in Europe. New areas for living and business are rising especially in areas formerly occupied by logistical and industrial functions.

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Editorial: Helsinki in 2013

There is a constant demand for comprehensive information and knowledge in running and developing a city. It is important to have accurate, timely and relevant data, statistics and research available on a number of urban phenomena, as well as on new issues affecting cities.

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A transparent city

Imagine a city where public decision-making is easy for all to follow and comment on using any digital channel. A solution to this challenge is being sought in Helsinki, which has long been working to unlock the data reserves related to municipal decision-making.

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Quarterly 3/2013 |  03/13/2013Pekka Vuori

Development of young population groups in Helsinki

In Helsinki, the number of young people aged 12 to 29 began to increase strongly during the recession of the 1990s, and today there are nearly a quarter, 30,000 people, more of them than in 1993.

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Exclusion from work and studies a problem for first generation immigrants

The article looks at exclusion from work and studies among 15–29 year olds with a foreign background in Helsinki who had by the end of 2010 lived for at least a year in Finland.They are compared with young people overall in Helsinki.

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