Cities engaged in acting together locally towards sustainable policies and meaningful change lead the way to a better future. One way to contribute to speeding up the progress towards sustainability is to provide accessible up-to-date data in one place. In the era of information overload, it is becoming increasingly vital that reliable data is readily available – not only for decision makers but also for everyone interested in our future.

The publication Helsinki Region Trends aims to support cities in responding to global challenges by providing a current review of development in the Helsinki Region. Official statistics explore the past, but here the focus is on the future. Indicators depicting patterns and trends allow local authorities to prepare for rapidly changing world well in advance. For example, the latest official figures confirm that the predictive demographic indicators accurately projected the trend that Espoo and Vantaa, neighbouring cities of Helsinki, would be growing faster than other areas of the region this year. While several drivers of migration can be identified, changes in the population structure reflect also overall functioning of the region.

Helsinki Region Trends, established in 1996, is a long-term collaborative effort of seven regional actors. Today, almost twenty expert organizations participate in collecting and updating indicator data published online with an open access policy. In addition, a number of specialists share their insights on the most topical developments and trends.

Frequently updated quarterly indicators allow decision makers to evaluate future developments sooner rather than later. Changes sometimes occur in a short span of time; therefore, it is crucial to be one step ahead to meet the challenge and accelerate local responses.

 

Helsinki Region Trends: a collection of quarterly indicators and time series covering regional economy, housing and premises, welfare, traffic and environment, labour, and population. Indicators are updated constantly online (in English twice a year).

Publishers: Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, City of Espoo, City of Helsinki, City of Vantaa, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development (ELY) and Uusimaa Regional Council.

The Helsinki Region: The Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa) and Hyvinkää, Järvenpää, Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Mäntsälä, Nurmijärvi, Pornainen, Sipoo, Tuusula and Vihti.

 

Nina Ahola
Researcher, City of Helsinki, Executive Office, Urban Research and Statistics
Nina Ahola
Researcher, City of Helsinki, Executive Office, Urban Research and Statistics