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<strong>ESPOO</strong> ESBO<br />

& Coronavirus<br />

solutions<br />

A magazine for Espoo residents 2 <strong>2020</strong><br />

New<br />

ideas<br />

Creative<br />

solutions have<br />

been born<br />

of necessity<br />

to allow<br />

education,<br />

cultural<br />

activities and<br />

many others to<br />

continue.<br />

A student body<br />

with a difference<br />

Say no to<br />

discrimination<br />

View some of this<br />

summer’s events

editorial<br />

In the editorial,<br />

Jukka Mäkelä takes<br />

a stand on issues of<br />

current interest in the<br />

City of Espoo.<br />

Jukka Mäkelä is the Mayor of Espoo.<br />

We can make<br />

it together<br />

Espoo residents have taken care of each other<br />

in many ways, being adaptive, flexible and<br />

compliant with instructions. Together, we have<br />

ensured that we can cope in these exceptional<br />

circumstances.<br />

Now we have to look to the future. Cities will<br />

play a major role in providing welfare society<br />

services, in investing in growth and in generating<br />

a new ascent after the coronavirus crisis. Cities<br />

need cooperation, predictability and support<br />

from the central government in order to weather<br />

this crisis. The funding base of the public sector<br />

has deteriorated to an unprecedented extent<br />

due to the coronavirus crisis. Accordingly, we are<br />

launching a programme titled Taloudellisesti<br />

kestävä Espoo [Economically sustainable<br />

Espoo]. Now is not the time to add to the duties<br />

and obligations of local government.<br />

The coronavirus crisis is having an impact<br />

particularly on cities like Espoo that finance<br />

their services with tax revenue. This must be<br />

taken into account in the support measures of<br />

the central government. Large cities also have<br />

the potential to launch revitalising projects with<br />

significant employment impacts. Infrastructure<br />

investments, for instance, promote employment,<br />

growth, competitiveness and carbon neutrality<br />

all at once.<br />

We need partnership and close cooperation<br />

now like never before. We can make it together.<br />

Jukka Mäkelä<br />

Mayor<br />

8<br />

Contents<br />

3 | Calendar and picks<br />

Remember these this summer.<br />

24<br />

8 | Theme<br />

Necessity is the mother of invention during the epidemic.<br />

14 | At your service<br />

Annina Artman from the kitchen at the Painiitty daycare centre.<br />

15 | What's on<br />

The summer is full of events.<br />

20 | Right now<br />

Leppävaara undergoes sustainable growth.<br />

23 | Encounters<br />

Being different means being conspicuous.<br />

24 | Pearl<br />

The Pentala Archipelago Museum reopens.<br />

26 | Espoo people<br />

Student teams are active at Juvanpuiston koulu school.<br />

28 | Swedish in Espoo<br />

Pentala Island – a historical archipelago community.<br />

30 | We<br />

Espoo for the nature recreation enthusiast.<br />

31 | My Espoo<br />

Villas were big in the 1920s.<br />


6 June –<br />

30 August<br />

Espoo archipelago<br />

boats are in service.<br />

10 June<br />

Korko info at the Espoo Employment and Economic Development Office<br />

(TE Office) on Wednesday 10 June at 13:00–14:00. ‘Korko’ is a<br />

service provided by the City Employment Service for unemployed jobseekers<br />

over the age of 30 with a higher education degree. Its purpose<br />

is to review participants’ competence and employment goals, brush up<br />

their CVs and jobseeking skills, and engage in small-group networking.<br />

Participants may also attend jobseeking theme groups of their<br />

interest and receive training for instance on how to use LinkedIn.<br />

8 June and<br />

17 August<br />

City Council meeting<br />

beginning at 17:30.<br />

Meetings are streamed live at<br />

mediaserver.fi/live/espoo.<br />

11 June<br />

Additional application rounds<br />

for upper secondary school<br />

starts on 11 June at the earliest.<br />

Applications for vocational<br />

education may be filed all<br />

year round in the continuous<br />

application process at omnia.fi/<br />

jatkuvahaku.<br />

calendar Jun–Aug/20<br />

Check the<br />

calendar for the<br />

main events and<br />

key dates of the<br />

summer.<br />

15 June<br />

Register your event<br />

for Espoo Day. The<br />

advance registration<br />

deadline is 15 June<br />

at 16:00.<br />

30 June<br />

Deadline for open call for artworks. Corona Collective,<br />

curated by the Espoo Cultural Centre and Sami Yaffa,<br />

is an art exhibition that is to open in the Ahjo exhibition<br />

space at the Espoo Cultural Centre in the autumn,<br />

documenting the current exceptional circumstances. The<br />

Collective is open to professional and amateur artists<br />

alike. The deadline for submissions is 30 June. Further<br />

information: bit.ly/coronacollective and #koronakollektiivi.<br />

21 July<br />

The deadline for the application<br />

round that began in May for<br />

10th grade in comprehensive<br />

school and for preparatory<br />

education is 21 July. Applications<br />

for post-comprehensive<br />

preparatory education should<br />

be submitted via Opintopolku.<br />

22 August<br />

Publication of the<br />

next issue of Espoo<br />

Magazine.<br />

<strong>MAGAZINE</strong> FOR <strong>ESPOO</strong> RESIDENTS<br />

Public bulletin to all households. Feedback and suggestions: espoolehti@omnipress.fi<br />

Publisher City of Espoo, PO Box 12, 02070 City of Espoo, 09 81 621, espoo.fi, firstname.lastname@espoo.fi<br />

Editor-in-chief Satu Tyry-Salo, Communications Director Editors Omnipress Oy, espoolehti@omnipress.fi<br />

Managing Editor Kimmo Kallonen Layout Oona Kavasto/Hank Printed by Punamusta<br />

Distribution SSM Notifications jakelupalaute@omnipress.fi Cover Timo Porthan ISSN 1798-8438<br />


Picks<br />

A total of 2,169 applicants gave an Espoo upper secondary school as their primary choice in<br />

the joint application round this spring. The figure was up 8.3% from last year’s 2,001 applicants.<br />

The number of students admitted to Espoo-based upper secondary schools will increase<br />

from last year. This year, a total of 1,819 students will be admitted to Finnish-speaking upper<br />

secondary schools in Espoo and 134 in Kauniainen.<br />

Espoo Day celebrated<br />

virtually at end of August<br />

AS in previous years, summer ends with Espoo Day<br />

on 28–29 August. This year in this largest annual city<br />

event in Espoo, the focus is on small-scale events<br />

held by residents’ associations with free admission<br />

and on virtual online events.<br />

The events are produced by residents, associations,<br />

city operators and partners. Submissions for<br />

events to be included can be sent in up until the main<br />

event day, 29 August, but the deadline for events to<br />

be included in the Espoo Day programme leaflet is<br />

15 June.<br />

The Event and Cultural Services of the City of<br />

Espoo provide advice and guidance for event organisers<br />

at advance webinars that cover topics such as<br />

how to set up virtual remote events.<br />

Further information: espoopaiva.fi<br />

City Bikes up and running<br />

ahead of schedule<br />

THE City Bikes are up and running earlier than normal<br />

this year. As the coronavirus crisis escalated, the City<br />

of Helsinki, Helsinki City Transport and the City of<br />

Espoo decided to bring forward the date of putting<br />

the City Bikes in circulation. The purpose of this was<br />

to help curb the spreading of the coronavirus. When<br />

using City Bikes, please wear gloves and remember<br />

to practise good hand hygiene.<br />

City Bike docking stations and availability can be<br />

seen in the Reittiopas Journey Planner, where you<br />

can also plan routes. Some docking stations have<br />

been relocated because of construction sites or for<br />

other reasons. These changes and the new locations<br />

are shown at bit.ly/2VGEO6s.<br />

” This is the 18th<br />

time that we<br />

celebrate Espoo<br />

Day; it has been<br />

held on the last<br />

weekend in August<br />

for the past ten<br />

years.<br />

Residents involved in<br />

reforming espoo.fi<br />

THE reform of the espoo.fi website has been<br />

launched, and the new website will be online in 2021.<br />

Users were polled for their opinions about the reform<br />

in the spring. A total of 433 responses were received.<br />

The respondents asked for good search functions<br />

in order to find information and opening hours<br />

for various services easily. There were also calls<br />

for making information about decision-making and<br />

about individual city districts more readily available.<br />

The respondents would like to see news and event<br />

notices on the front page of the new espoo.fi website<br />

along with information on city operations.<br />

54% of the respondents reported visiting the<br />

espoo.fi website on a daily or weekly basis. All means<br />

of access were fairly equally used – computer, laptop,<br />

smartphone. Social welfare and health care is the top<br />

search category, followed by culture and sports.<br />

The majority (73%) of the respondents were<br />

women. The 35–44 age group was the best represented<br />

among the respondents, but responses were<br />

received from a wide range of age groups. Espoo<br />

residents accounted for 60% of the responses; 25%<br />

of the respondents were employees of the City of<br />

Espoo, and 3% had recently moved to Espoo.<br />

If you want to contribute to the website development,<br />

sign up for the volunteer group. By signing up,<br />

you will get the chance to comment on the evolving<br />

website at the various stages of the project. To sign<br />

up, send an e-mail to verkkoviestinta@espoo.fi.<br />

Espoo in<br />

social media<br />

Facebook<br />

Espoo – Esbo<br />

Posts from different parts of the<br />

city and the Facebook pages of<br />

various City of Espoo actors.<br />

Twitter<br />

@EspooEsbo<br />

Timely updates and quick<br />

responses. Bulletins, answers to<br />

questions and discussions.<br />

Instagram<br />

@espoonkaupunki<br />

Great moments, events and<br />

landscapes through the eyes of<br />

Espoo residents.<br />

#espoohetki<br />

4 A magazine for Espoo residents

CHECK<br />

THIS OUT!<br />

In this section of the<br />

magazine, we introduce<br />

interesting sites all<br />

Espoo residents have<br />

free access to.<br />

Small and large<br />

glacial pothole.<br />

A third glacial<br />

pothole, about<br />

0.5 m across,<br />

is a few metres<br />

away.<br />

Glacial potholes in<br />

Kaupunginkallio<br />

GLACIAL potholes are round pits that were<br />

excavated by stones rotating in the meltwater<br />

flows of the glaciers of the most recent Ice Age.<br />

There are several of these in Espoo. You may<br />

even find some close to home.<br />

Three of them are in Kaupunginkallio, near<br />

Espoon keskus. The glacial potholes in Kaupunginkallio<br />

are in the lower part of the rocky<br />

slope between Kiuastie and Kiuaskuja, about<br />

30 m south-west of Espoonväylä. There is a<br />

footpath leading from the cycle path to the site.<br />

The largest of these glacial potholes is<br />

about 1.5 m in diameter and has a depth of 2.5<br />

m measured along the rear wall. The smaller<br />

ones are shallow and about 0.5 m across.<br />

Mia Weckström<br />

Q & A<br />

In this section of the<br />

magazine, we answer<br />

the most often asked<br />

questions received by<br />

the city at the time the<br />

magazine is<br />

published.<br />

” Camping is<br />

allowed at<br />

Oittaa,<br />

Nuuksio,<br />

Kattilajärvi<br />

and<br />

Väransby.<br />

?<br />

Where can I find the archipelago boat timetable?<br />

The archipelago boat service begins on 6 June and<br />

ends on 30 August. The archipelago boat service will run<br />

Tuesday to Sunday from 6 June to 9 August and thereafter<br />

at weekends on 15–16 August, 22–23 August and 29–30<br />

August. The archipelago boat service timetable can be<br />

found at bit.ly/espoo_boats. Timetables are also available<br />

at City of Espoo Service Points. Passenger volumes and<br />

weather conditions may affect the timetable. On Midsummer’s<br />

Eve, the archipelago boats will operate according to<br />

the normal timetable.<br />

?<br />

Where can I camp?<br />

Camping is allowed at Oittaa, in Nuuksio National Park<br />

and in the recreation areas at Kattilajärvi and Väransby.<br />

There are islands in Espoo designated for recreational<br />

use, accessible by private boat or by the archipelago boat<br />

service. Camping is allowed on the following outdoor recreational<br />

islands: Bylandet, Gåsgrund, Knapperskär, Rövargrundet,<br />

Rövaren, Stora Herrö and Torra Lövö. Further information<br />

on camping sites and campfire sites in Espoo can be found<br />

at bit.ly/espoo_camping. On the luontoon.fi website, you can<br />

search for camping and hiking sites nationwide by characteristics<br />

and by activities available.<br />

?<br />

What is the algae situation on beaches?<br />

Water temperature and algae alerts for beaches can<br />

be found at ulkoliikunta.fi.<br />

Viherlaakso Health Centre<br />

relocates to Kilo<br />

THE building housing Viherlaakso Health Centre has reached<br />

the end of its service life, and because of this Viherlaakso Health<br />

Centre will relocate to temporary premises on Trillakatu, adjacent<br />

to Kilo Health Centre, after Midsummer.<br />

A comprehensive search of premises in Viherlaakso area<br />

revealed that there are no premises suitable as temporary premises<br />

for an entire health centre. By contrast, space is opening<br />

up in the Kilo Health Centre building, as the maternity and child<br />

health clinic and dental clinic phone services are being relocated.<br />

The neighbourhood route 229 will be rerouted so as to<br />

provide transport from Viherlaakso to Kilo Health Centre. There<br />

are also other frequently running buses for those who are able to<br />

change buses on the way. Local services will be provided in the<br />

premises of the Aurora maternity and child health clinic. Physicians<br />

will also provide remote consultation.<br />

The relocation of Viherlaakso Health Centre is a temporary<br />

measure. A long-term service network planning project is being<br />

launched for Suur-Leppävaara. This service network plan will<br />

be created in consultation with residents. A phone survey was<br />

conducted among residents in May, and information events for<br />

residents will be held online.<br />


Picks<br />

The official population of Espoo as at the beginning of this year was<br />

289,731. Of these, 75% were Finnish or Sámi speakers, 7% were Swedish<br />

speakers, and 18% were speakers of foreign languages. During 2019,<br />

the population of Espoo grew by 6,099 residents, or 2.2%.<br />

Health Centre voucher<br />

for the Espoon keskus<br />

area<br />

FROM May, Espoo residents are able to use service<br />

vouchers to visit a private health centre in Espoon<br />

keskus for their health care needs.<br />

There are two participating private health<br />

centres at the moment: Mehiläinen Oma Lääkärisi<br />

Espoontori and Terveystalo Espoontori. Samaria<br />

Health Centre continues to provide services in<br />

Espoon keskus, except that during the coronavirus<br />

pandemic Samaria is only treating patients with<br />

respiratory tract infections.<br />

The service voucher trial will last until 30 April<br />

2025. During this trial, 25,000 health centre service<br />

vouchers will be available. For further information,<br />

please visit bit.ly/espoo_voucher.<br />

The main character<br />

of the My2050<br />

adventure game,<br />

Niha Bee, takes<br />

players on a tour of<br />

the future.<br />

” A dental<br />

care service<br />

voucher will<br />

be introduced<br />

in Matinkylä<br />

in August.<br />

Adventure to<br />

the future<br />

MY2050 is an adventure game open to<br />

every one free of charge. It features a real<br />

urban environment, Espoon keskus. The<br />

narrative of the game is a look into the<br />

future, giving players information on climate<br />

change in a new and exciting way.<br />

The adventure to the future begins on<br />

Espoonkatu in Espoon keskus, outside the<br />

City Council building. The game lasts one<br />

hour, during which players have to score<br />

points by solving puzzles. The game is a<br />

mobile app available in the relevant application<br />

store for each device.<br />

You can go on the adventure any time<br />

you like, along or with friends or family<br />

members. The game offers a new learning<br />

tool suitable for students from sixth grade<br />

to the upper secondary level, but there are<br />

many things to do with plenty of challenge<br />

for adults as well.<br />

Espoon Kaupunginmuseo/Eetu Sorvali<br />

Only a ruin remains of<br />

the observation tower<br />

at Dalsvik Manor.<br />

Volunteers are needed<br />

to take care of monuments.<br />

Adopt a monument<br />

in Espoo<br />

<strong>ESPOO</strong> is launching an ‘Adopt a monument’ scheme.<br />

This is a volunteer scheme for the upkeep and maintenance<br />

of old buildings and archaeological sites.<br />

Archaeological sites suitable for adoption include<br />

fortifications, stone walls, cairns, remnants of quays<br />

and ancient settlements. Other candidates include<br />

minor buildings or structures such as monuments,<br />

bathing houses, transformer stations, bridges or<br />

stone road signs.<br />

Maintenance and upkeep may involve clearing<br />

vegetation, mowing, cutting coppices and collecting<br />

waste, according to the maintenance plan. Maintenance<br />

plans are drawn up jointly with the Espoo City<br />

Museum. The Museum also provides advice and<br />

guidance on further upkeep.<br />

Sites may be adopted by a community, an association,<br />

an enterprise or a public body such as a school.<br />

In some maintenance events, anyone can participate.<br />

Persons or organisations considering adoption are<br />

not required to have any previous experience or<br />

information in the maintenance of cultural sites. The<br />

adoption may be for a short or a long period.<br />

Further information is available from Curator Eetu<br />

Sorvali who is in charge of cultural environments<br />

and antiquities and of archaeological research, eetu.<br />

sorvali@espoo.fi or kulttuuriymparisto@espoo.fi.<br />

6 A magazine for Espoo residents

The coronavirus epidemic has pushed unemployment up everywhere, and Espoo is no exception.<br />

As at the end of March, there were 3,750 more unemployed persons than at the same time in<br />

the previous year, an increase of 35%, and the unemployment rate was 2.6 percentage points<br />

higher. Nationwide, the increase in the number of unemployed people year on year was 30%.<br />

Smartbot begins multilingual<br />

coronavirus chat<br />

THE City of Espoo is testing a smartbot, or a learning artificial<br />

intelligence application, that answers questions in more<br />

than 100 languages on the espoo.fi website. This multilingual<br />

smartbot supplements the communications and services of<br />

the City of Espoo in cases where a user is unable to communicate<br />

in Finnish, Swedish or English. The smartbot is available<br />

on a 24/7 basis and is capable of serving more than 100,000<br />

simultaneous users.<br />

The smartbot collects information from the websites of the<br />

City of Espoo and various authorities and answers questions<br />

on the basis of that information. The smartbot is able to learn.<br />

If the information on the websites changes, the bot will notice<br />

it with a short delay and change its answers accordingly.<br />

The smartbot will also respect privacy: it always chats with<br />

the users anonymously.<br />

“A smartbot based on artificial intelligence and machine<br />

translation enables us to communicate instructions and latest<br />

updates on our services to Espoo residents who speak many<br />

different languages. Such rapid multilingual communications<br />

would not be possible without artificial intelligence. Although<br />

the grammar may still have room for improvement, the solution<br />

complements the City of Espoo’s communications in Finnish,<br />

Swedish and English,” says Juha Metso, Director of Social<br />

and Health Services.<br />

” The bot<br />

allows us to<br />

distribute<br />

information<br />

on services<br />

to the<br />

multilingual<br />

population.<br />

Digital access<br />

to culture<br />

<strong>ESPOO</strong> brought a digital cultural centre to homes in<br />

response to the culture deficit caused by the coronavirus<br />

epidemic. Kotona247 [Home 24/7] is an online<br />

service set up by Event and Cultural Services to offer<br />

Espoo residents culture at home in the form of live<br />

streaming. The programme includes concerts of Tapiola<br />

Sinfonietta and popular music performances.<br />

“Kotona247 is an online concert venue for every<br />

Espoo resident – and for everyone in Finland for<br />

that matter. When the coronavirus epidemic forced<br />

cultural events to be cancelled, we put our heads<br />

together and decided to accelerate the plans that we<br />

already had been working on,” says Karri Soilamo,<br />

Event Specialist at City Events Espoo.<br />

Forthcoming Kotona247 live webcasts and<br />

concert recordings can be found at kaupunkitapahtumat.fi.<br />

The programme is further augmented by the<br />

Urban Espoo service, which is available online at<br />

urbanespoo.fi and as a mobile service, similarly to the<br />

digital cultural centre. Urban Espoo has a virtual city<br />

environment which users can explore and where they<br />

can experience the urban and natural environments<br />

and learn new skills.<br />

Theme year encourages<br />

to take action for nature<br />

THE <strong>2020</strong> theme year of the Espoo Environment Department,<br />

Lumoudu kaupunkiluonnosta [Enchanted by Urban<br />

Nature], invites Espoo residents to take action to preserve<br />

diversity in the urban natural environment. This is done<br />

by publishing ‘nature actions’ each week on the Facebook<br />

page of the Environment Department and on the<br />

Instagram account of the Nature House Villa Elfvik which<br />

residents can then carry out at home and outdoors.<br />

The nature actions are compiled in the Enchanted by<br />

Urban Nature databank, which is at bit.ly/espoo_nature.<br />

The databank contains info spots on biodiversity in Espoo<br />

and on how the city is fostering biodiversity in its territory.<br />

The material includes numerous photos and audio files<br />

with nature soundscapes.<br />

The Enchanted by Urban Nature theme year <strong>2020</strong><br />

forms part of the Espoo nature conservation project,<br />

whose purpose is the preservation of nature values and<br />

biodiversity in Espoo.<br />


theme<br />

The Covid-19 virus<br />

arrived in Finland<br />

around the turn of<br />

February–March.<br />

By mid-March, it had<br />

changed everyone’s<br />

lives.<br />

Text Tiina Parikka Photos Timo Porthan and Tapiola Sinfonietta<br />

Creative<br />

solutions<br />

The coronavirus spring has restricted<br />

and changed everyone’s lives. But creative<br />

solutions have allowed people to get on with<br />

their lives and have meaningful experiences<br />

despite the self-isolation.<br />

By the time this magazine goes to print, comprehensive<br />

schools will have returned to classroom<br />

teaching, and libraries will have been open for<br />

borrowing and returning books for a couple of<br />

weeks. Outdoor exercise facilities have been<br />

open for sport and fitness from mid-May.<br />

At the beginning of June, libraries and culture facilities<br />

will reopen and return to normal. Museums will also<br />

re-open in early June. •<br />

Niina Sivonen’s<br />

drawings illustrating<br />

remote teaching have<br />

served as peer support<br />

for her teacher<br />

colleagues. Many have<br />

shared similar<br />

experiences.<br />

8 A magazine for Espoo residents

New meaning with instructions<br />

NIINA Sivonen, Deputy Headmaster at<br />

the Lähderannan koulu primary school,<br />

has described her experiences of remote<br />

teaching in drawings. Every day, she<br />

takes a positive observation and illustrates<br />

it as a morale booster for herself<br />

and her colleagues.<br />

“There are more such things than<br />

I have time to draw. The children have<br />

adapted really wonderfully to this new<br />

situation,” says Sivonen, who teaches<br />

sixth grade.<br />

In mid-March, all school teachers suddenly<br />

had to adjust to a new normal with<br />

only a few days’ notice.<br />

“We’re not trained to do remote<br />

teaching. Some teachers and pupils<br />

alike experienced challenges with the IT<br />

requirements, but we help each other as<br />

we can.”<br />

Sivonen’s class continued to study<br />

according to the lesson plan. She has<br />

high praise for stay-at-home parents who<br />

skilfully accommodated their children’s<br />

new daily routine. In most cases, the<br />

children actually went outdoors<br />

for breaks between lessons, and<br />

lunch was at the same time as<br />

at school. However, some parents still<br />

had to go to work during the day, and in<br />

some homes the computer had to be<br />

used in turns.<br />

“I always posted daily instructions on<br />

Wilma on the previous day, so that the<br />

parents would have time in the evening<br />

to see whether their children would need<br />

technical assistance with their school<br />

day. I’ve made many teaching videos and<br />

otherwise used my drawings in class.<br />

Some of the lessons were online meetings.”<br />

Writing instructions and developing<br />

new teaching methods means long hours<br />

for Sivonen, but she does not complain.<br />

“It’s only temporary. Children have<br />

learned to take responsibility and to<br />

manage their time, and that will certainly<br />

be useful as they move on to secondary<br />

school.”<br />

Comprehensive schools reopened for<br />

classroom teaching on 14 May. Upper<br />

secondary schools chose to continue<br />

with remote teaching until the end of the<br />

school year. All schools had their virtual<br />

end-of-school celebration today, 30 May.<br />

Niina Sivonen has kind<br />

words for the smooth<br />

cooperation among<br />

teachers, pupils and<br />

parents during the exceptional<br />

circumstances this<br />

spring. “We helped each<br />

other and shared our<br />

experiences.”<br />


theme<br />

i SMARTBOT<br />

serves users in<br />

more than 100 languages.<br />

In mid-April,<br />

the City of Espoo<br />

introduced an online<br />

smartbot to answer foreign<br />

language speakers’<br />

questions about<br />

the coronavirus.<br />

The bot is set up as a<br />

chat service. It can be<br />

found for instance at<br />

bit.ly/espoo_smartbot.<br />

SINCE Mother’s<br />

i Day, visitors<br />

have been<br />

allowed to meet<br />

residents of the City’s<br />

care homes outdoors,<br />

weather permitting.<br />

Extreme caution continues<br />

to be observed<br />

in these meetings:<br />

the resident and the<br />

visitor must remain<br />

at least 2 m apart,<br />

and visitors must<br />

not come to the care<br />

home if they have any<br />

symptoms of a common<br />

cold at all. For<br />

meetings with residents<br />

with memory<br />

disorders, the aim is<br />

to have a barrier such<br />

as a fence between<br />

the resident and the<br />

visitor.<br />

,,<br />

• The city and various operators have come<br />

up with numerous creative solutions in order<br />

to keep services running and to provide meaningful<br />

experiences through the spring, restrictions<br />

notwithstanding.<br />

As services have gone increasingly digital,<br />

the highly varied digital skills of the elderly in<br />

particular have become a sticking point.<br />

The helpline of Nestori – Guidance and<br />

Service Counselling for Senior Citizens has<br />

had extended opening hours this spring, from<br />

08:00 to 16:00 every weekday. Ads about this<br />

service have been run in local newspapers<br />

continuously so that people who may not know<br />

how to access online services can phone in to<br />

get help. As a result, the helpline call volume<br />

has nearly doubled.<br />

“We have posted a coronavirus FAQ online.<br />

We have also accepted questions by e-mail,”<br />

says Maria Rysti, specialist in services for the<br />

elderly.<br />

They have also sent out letters with information,<br />

and they have phoned up previous<br />

Nestori clients to ask them how they are.<br />

Food deliveries. Nestori is also organising<br />

service needs assessments for people over 65<br />

and arranging grocery deliveries. Members<br />

of other at-risk groups also have access to the<br />

The resource pool is an agile way<br />

of ensuring sufficient staffing for<br />

social welfare and health care<br />

services in these exceptional<br />

circumstances, and an opportunity<br />

for employees to broaden their<br />

expertise by undertaking new job duties.<br />

food delivery service.<br />

Rysti notes that food assistance is required<br />

not just by at-risk groups but also by disadvantaged<br />

people whom we normally see queuing<br />

up at food banks.<br />

The food service was launched around<br />

Easter in collaboration with the city authorities,<br />

NGOs and parishes. City employees,<br />

for instance from Education and Cultural<br />

Services, transitioned to the food service when<br />

their own work came to a halt. The first food<br />

deliveries to homes were made in early April.<br />

Local food banks commandeered premises<br />

that were empty due to the restrictions in place<br />

and were suitable for food storage.<br />

Also, students in pre-primary education,<br />

comprehensive school and upper secondary<br />

school have been offered packed lunches during<br />

the distance learning period.<br />

Help on the front line city employees have<br />

transitioned to other duties too. By mid-April,<br />

more than 100 city employees had been transferred<br />

to Social and Health Services.<br />

The city has set up a resource pool in<br />

response to the coronavirus crisis, the purpose<br />

being to safeguard sufficient resources<br />

for social welfare and health care services<br />

in these exceptional circumstances while<br />

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The Tapiola Sinfonietta<br />

has been<br />

giving remote<br />

concerts for<br />

Espoo residents<br />

this spring. The<br />

orchestra performs<br />

chamber<br />

music in small<br />

groups under<br />

normal circumstances<br />

too.<br />

Sinfonietta in the comfort of your home<br />

THE album Metsänpeitto by Meriheini Luoto was<br />

nominated for the Teosto Prize in 2018. The Tapiola<br />

Sinfonietta was supposed to perform the work in an<br />

orchestration by Kalle Vainio at its concert on 17 April.<br />

The coronavirus epidemic and a last-minute illness<br />

forced a change in plans.<br />

Taavi Oramo, the orchestra’s Artist in Residence,<br />

quickly came up with a new programme. Consisting<br />

of performances by small chamber ensembles, the<br />

concert was streamed live online at the originally<br />

scheduled time.<br />

“It was important for many of our listeners to listen<br />

to the concert live and to sense that they were part<br />

of an event in real time,” says General Manager Anna<br />

Jaskiewicz.<br />

For Tiina Paananen, Deputy Principal 2nd Violin,<br />

the absence of the audience was the most exciting<br />

thing about the remote concert.<br />

“It’s wonderful to know that there are at least some<br />

people out there watching and listening at the same time<br />

that we’re playing. I try to capture that feeling when performing,<br />

now that we’re unable to sense the presence of<br />

the audience,” said Paananen before the concert.<br />

This spring, orchestra members have mainly been<br />

practising on their own and in small groups at the<br />

Cultural Centre.<br />

“I miss the orchestra community, but we play chamber<br />

music during the year under normal circumstances<br />

too, and of course everyone always practises on their<br />

own, so it’s not a completely new and strange situation,”<br />

says Paananen.<br />

The Tapiola Sinfonietta has made further live<br />

webcasts during the spring, and recordings of them<br />

are still available at kotona247.fi and on the orchestra’s<br />

YouTube channel.<br />

All online performances are free of charge.<br />


theme<br />

SUMMER activities<br />

organised<br />

i<br />

by the City for<br />

children and adolescents<br />

will go forward<br />

as planned. There<br />

are still vacancies at<br />

summer camps and<br />

courses covering all<br />

sorts of topics such<br />

as drama, animal<br />

care, hiking, cooking,<br />

canoeing and computer<br />

games. Further<br />

information about<br />

camps and courses<br />

can be found at harrastehaku.fi.<br />

offering alternative work to city employees<br />

from sites that had been shut down. This also<br />

represents an opportunity for those employees<br />

to broaden their competence and professional<br />

skills.<br />

The City Board and other city bodies have been<br />

meeting remotely using the Teams platform<br />

since late March. However, City Council meetings,<br />

with 75 attendees, required rather more<br />

advanced arrangements. The plan was to hold<br />

the first online City Council meeting on 18 May,<br />

but in mid-April it was announced that it would<br />

not be possible to cancel the meeting scheduled<br />

for 27 April. In a blitz response, a Teams meeting<br />

was set up in less than two weeks, complete with<br />

a separate system for voting. While Helsinki, for<br />

instance, already had a system in place for online<br />

City Council meetings, Espoo was the first to<br />

implement voting like this.<br />

“This was a historic meeting. Not only was it<br />

the first online City Council meeting in Espoo,<br />

it was the first ever meeting in my many years<br />

on the job where every single regular member<br />

was present,” says City Council Secretary Jouni<br />

Majuri.<br />

City Council members were provided with<br />

rehearsal opportunities in the previous week,<br />

with trial runs of voting, requests to speak and<br />

attendance reporting. Any City Council members<br />

who were hesitant to use the systems or<br />

were doubtful about whether the online connections<br />

would work were allowed to attend the<br />

meeting in person in the City Council meeting<br />

room.<br />

“The people present were the chairman<br />

and myself, the Technical Secretary, three City<br />

Council members and two IT experts,” says<br />

Majuri.<br />

Three votes were taken in the meeting. One<br />

participant failed to vote through the voting<br />

system and had to have the vote recorded separately.<br />

There was also another glitch in one of<br />

the voting rounds, but on the whole the meeting<br />

was much commended.<br />

“I believe that we’ll continue using the<br />

remote meeting option even after meetings in<br />

person are allowed again,” says Majuri.<br />

,,<br />

This was a historic meeting.<br />

It was the first ever City<br />

Council meeting where<br />

every single regular member<br />

was present.<br />

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Supporting entrepreneurs in a tight spot<br />

THERE are about 15,000 enterprises in<br />

Espoo, two thirds of them being run by sole<br />

entrepreneurs. The restrictions imposed due<br />

to the coronavirus epidemic have severely<br />

affected the operations of many, even shutting<br />

some businesses down completely. The<br />

central government has granted targeted<br />

allowances to help sole entrepreneurs. A<br />

sole entrepreneur allowance of EUR 2,000<br />

has been available to apply for since 24<br />

April.<br />

Espoo has taken the plight of entrepreneurs<br />

seriously. More than 980 applications<br />

were received in a support application<br />

process coordinated by Business Espoo<br />

in a period of two weeks, representing a<br />

combined support need of about EUR 1.34<br />

million.<br />

“At present, we are able to process applications<br />

on the same day, and if all the attachments<br />

are OK and all conditions are fulfilled,<br />

the entrepreneur will have the money in their<br />

account within 4 or 5 weekdays of the application<br />

being filed,” says Sanna Lindholm of<br />

the Economic and Urban Development unit<br />

of the City of Espoo.<br />

Entrepreneurs may apply for the Espoo<br />

allowance if they can demonstrate that the<br />

coronavirus epidemic has reduced their sales<br />

income and receivables by at least 30%. The<br />

application period continues until the end<br />

of September. Lindholm advises potential<br />

applicants to consider what would be the<br />

best time to apply for the allowance.<br />

Sole entrepreneurs may also claim<br />

unemployment benefit if their business has<br />

stopped completely because of the coronavirus<br />

epidemic.<br />

Some enterprises have been able to stay<br />

open by modifying their business model. A<br />

case in point is the restaurant Base, almost a<br />

second home to many Leppävaara residents.<br />

Good food, wine and various events bring<br />

locals together. After 30 March, however, the<br />

restaurant was obliged to rethink its entire<br />

operating concept.<br />

Through the spring, Base has been selling<br />

takeaway lunches on weekdays and preparing<br />

meals for delivery to special occasions.<br />

“At Easter, we had so many orders for<br />

lamb dinners that we ended up having to<br />

turn people away,” says restaurateur Vuokko<br />

Varila-Kiverä.<br />

The restaurant has had to lay off its serving<br />

staff, but the kitchen staff still have work<br />

to do, at least part-time.<br />

The restaurant offers home deliveries of<br />

meals for a minimum of four people in the<br />

Leppävaara area.<br />

“People in at-risk groups and people<br />

working from home who have children have<br />

made good use of our services. We have a<br />

lot of regular customers who have remained<br />

faithful in these times. Leppävaara residents<br />

look out for one another,” says Varila-Kiverä<br />

happily.<br />

Vuokko Varila-<br />

Kiverä explains<br />

that Base has<br />

been able to<br />

offer many of its<br />

normal items on<br />

the lunch menu.<br />

The restaurant<br />

has also come<br />

up with new<br />

solutions based<br />

on customer<br />

requests.<br />


at your service<br />

In this section of the<br />

magazine, meet employees<br />

and close partners<br />

of the City of Espoo.<br />

Heart and soul<br />

of the kitchen<br />

Annina Artman is a food service coordinator responsible for<br />

feeding more than 100 children at the Painiitty daycare centre.<br />

”<br />

Under normal circumstances, I’m responsible<br />

for feeding about 120 children at the Painiitty<br />

daycare centre. My work as a food service coordinator<br />

includes heating up the food delivered<br />

from the central kitchen in Kilo, serving the food,<br />

preparing salads and sides, and performing supervisory<br />

and customer service duties.<br />

I have help to do the washing up a couple of times a<br />

week, but otherwise I work alone. Because of this, it’s<br />

vital that I schedule my work so that I can keep up the<br />

pace. But even though I work independently<br />

for the most part, I don’t feel alone<br />

thanks to the staff and kids at the daycare<br />

centre.<br />

I’m always available at mealtimes and<br />

ready to advise on special dietary requirements<br />

and to answer any questions that<br />

the children may have. Children are<br />

particularly interested in where the food<br />

comes from. The large machines in the<br />

kitchen are also fascinating to them.<br />

We were awarded a Makuaakkoset diploma for good<br />

food in March. This diploma is awarded on the basis of<br />

sustainable development measures, nutritional values<br />

and promoting a healthy diet.<br />

The diploma is testimony to smoothly running cooperation<br />

between the kitchen and the daycare centre and<br />

proves that the food served is appropriate and healthy.<br />

Both myself and the minders are present at mealtimes.<br />

We encourage children to try various foods and teach<br />

them that meals are an important part of their day.”<br />

Text Mia Weckström Photo Timo Porthan<br />

Annina Artman<br />

has been the food<br />

service coordinator<br />

at the Painiitty daycare<br />

centre for four<br />

years, having been<br />

a waitress for eight<br />

years before that.<br />

Painiitty<br />

daycare centre:<br />

› 120 children fed per day<br />

› 300 meals per day, including<br />

breakfast, lunch, snacks and<br />

staff meals<br />

› favourite Painiitty foods are<br />

macaroni casserole, cream of<br />

carrot soup and spaghetti<br />

bolognese<br />

14 A magazine for Espoo residents

15 In situ 16 Things to do 19 Exercise tip<br />

Things to do<br />

in Espoo<br />

Culture, sports<br />

and exercise on<br />

offer from June<br />

to August.<br />

Car Museum opens<br />

again in Pakankylä<br />

The Espoo Car Museum continues with<br />

its theme ‘Skootteri on lälläripyörä’ [A<br />

scooter is a sissy bike]. Traditionally<br />

opening at Easter, this year the summer<br />

museum will open its doors on 2 June.<br />

FINLAND’S oldest car museum will open its doors to the public<br />

on Tuesday 2 June. The main features are the exhibition Skootteri<br />

on lälläripyörä [A scooter is a sissy bike] spiced up from last<br />

year and a new theme for this summer.<br />

The Espoo Car Museum houses some 100 cars and more<br />

than 200 two-wheeled vehicles. The exhibits also include other<br />

items related to road traffic.<br />

Founded around the Saab collection of Rafael Huhta in<br />

1979, the Espoo Car Museum occupies historical premises: a<br />

graphite block cowshed over 100 years old at Pakankylä Manor<br />

near Lake Bodominjärvi in northern Espoo. The farmstead is<br />

owned by the City of Espoo, and the Espoo Car Museum Association<br />

has just signed an extended lease for the premises.<br />

“We want to ensure a comfortable and safe museum experience<br />

with regard to the precautions and restrictions required<br />

in the current situation. We are keeping a close eye on the<br />

recommendations of the authorities, and we will be deciding on<br />

the events of the late summer and autumn at a later date,” says<br />

Minna Hietanen from the Espoo Car Museum.<br />

The Espoo Car Museum was named Vehicle Museum of the<br />

Year in 2019.<br />

The Espoo Car Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 11:00–17:00<br />

(on Wednesdays 11:00–19:00) from June to August and<br />

on weekends 11:00–17:00 in September and October.<br />

The Moskvich 400<br />

series, nicknamed<br />

Piikkinokka-Mosse<br />

[Spikenosed Mosse],<br />

was the first range<br />

of cars produced by<br />

Moskvich. Introduced<br />

in 1947, the 400 series<br />

and the improved<br />

401 series were in<br />

production until 1956,<br />

with a total of 247,439<br />

manufactured.<br />

Pobeda GAZ-M20 was<br />

a car produced by the<br />

GAZ automobile plant<br />

in the Soviet Union<br />

between 1946 and<br />

1958. Many were used<br />

as taxis.<br />


Where to go<br />

✱<br />

Music • Visual arts ♥ Theatre ✘ For children ✓ Cinema = Espoo ♦ Something else<br />

The Glims Farmstead Museum, the Helinä Rautavaara<br />

Museum and the Exhibition Centre WeeGee reopen according<br />

to their normal opening hours from Tuesday 2 June.<br />

Batwatching and<br />

birdwatching =<br />

What goes on in Laajalahti at<br />

night? Join us in hunting for bats.<br />

We start in the garden of Villa Elfvik<br />

at 22:30. Bring a torch (flashlight)<br />

and warm clothes. There<br />

may be plenty of mosquitoes in<br />

some places, so also bring bug<br />

repellent and allergy medication if<br />

you need it. Trousers are recommended.<br />

We will be taking a short<br />

refreshment break.<br />

› Sat 6 Jun 22:30 –<br />

Sun 7 Jun 01:00<br />

Wildflower<br />

day trip ✘<br />

A nature excursion for the whole<br />

family, designed for children.<br />

Bring a light packed lunch and<br />

dress according to the weather.<br />

The Nordic Wildflower Day was<br />

established to encourage interest<br />

in the plant world and to offer<br />

shared experiences of the natural<br />

environment. The theme species<br />

for <strong>2020</strong> is the mountain ash.<br />

› Sun 14 Jun at 10:30–12:30,<br />

vicinity of the Nature<br />

House Villa Elfvik<br />

Glimsinjoki river<br />

walk =<br />

The Glimsinjoki river walk introduces<br />

participants to the varied<br />

flora along the river. The Glimsinjoki<br />

river valley is recognised as<br />

a running water site of national<br />

importance, and as such is one of<br />

the most valuable nature sites in<br />

Espoo.<br />

The walk begins at the Aurora<br />

memorial plaque outside the main<br />

entrance of Träskända Manor<br />

(Träskändanristi 1) and concludes<br />

at Jorvinkoski outside Jorvi Hospital.<br />

Please wear sturdy shoes,<br />

either hiking shoes or rubber<br />

boots. The path is a natural trail<br />

with wet spots.<br />

Anyone wishing to leave their<br />

car near the end point of the walk<br />

so may do so in the hospital car<br />

park (parking fee charged).<br />

Have a preview of the Glimsinjoki<br />

river walk at proespoonjoki.fi/<br />

Glimsinjoki.htm, where you can<br />

download a nature path guide to<br />

bring with you on the river walk.<br />

› Buses to Träskända:<br />

reittiopas.fi.<br />

› Sun 14 Jun at 10:00–12:00<br />

Glimsinjoki river valley, from<br />

Träskända park to Jorvi<br />

Landscape architecture<br />

=<br />

The exhibition Jussi Jännes –<br />

Unelma puutarhakaupungista<br />

[Jussi Jännes – Dream of a garden<br />

city] opens at WeeGee on Friday<br />

5 June. Jussi Jännes was one of<br />

Finland’s first architects to focus<br />

on landscape. He designed both<br />

public green areas and private<br />

gardens.<br />

The exhibition includes the<br />

first ever public display of a digitised<br />

version of Jännes’s comprehensive<br />

designs for Tapiola.<br />

Nature House<br />

exhibition =<br />

The Nature House Villa Elfvik<br />

is the place to see the best of<br />

Espoo’s natural environment at<br />

any time of year. Eläköön Espoo<br />

[Long Live Espoo] is the permanent<br />

exhibition at the Nature<br />

House, showcasing the essential<br />

features of Espoo’s natural environment:<br />

groves, bird wetlands,<br />

forests and archipelago.<br />

The exhibition is active and<br />

appeals to all senses: visitors can<br />

listen to birdsong, stroke a fox’s<br />

fur and view exhibits. There are<br />

microscopes available for examining<br />

visitors’ own specimens.<br />

The utopian Futuro, a plastic house<br />

designed by Matti Suuronen, is one of the<br />

most popular exhibits at WeeGee.<br />

Personae mythologicae by Ilona Niemi<br />

depicts not-so-familiar mythological<br />

creatures with a modern twist.<br />

Remember at least these!<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6<br />

Enchanted city<br />

nature<br />

The exhibition<br />

Lumoudu kaupunkiluonnosta<br />

[Enchanted<br />

city nature] at the<br />

Nature House Villa Elfvik<br />

brings the wonders<br />

of nature’s diversity<br />

within the reach of<br />

visitors. The exhibition<br />

is open from 24 June<br />

to 16 August <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Futuro open in<br />

summer<br />

The Futuro House, the<br />

well-known landmark<br />

of WeeGee, is open in<br />

the summer, from mid-<br />

May to 13 September.<br />

The building is accessible<br />

during WeeGee<br />

opening hours.<br />

Urban<br />

mythology<br />

Personae mythologicae<br />

[Mythological persons],<br />

a work by Ilona<br />

Niemi, is on display on<br />

the fence encircling<br />

the construction site<br />

outside WeeGee. The<br />

28 quirky characters<br />

depicted are drawn<br />

from Finnish mythology.<br />

Virtual Gallen-<br />

Kallela tour<br />

A virtual tour of the<br />

Tarvaspää castlestudio<br />

designed<br />

and built by artist<br />

Akseli Gallen-Kallela<br />

(1865–1931) is available<br />

online at<br />

gallen-kallela.fi.<br />

Espoo in<br />

Images<br />

The exhibition Bodom<br />

Ämmässuo – kaupunki<br />

kuvissa [Bodom<br />

Ämmässuo – Espoo in<br />

Images] at the Espoo<br />

City Museum is also<br />

available for virtual<br />

visits. All the images<br />

in the exhibition are<br />

posted in Finna. The<br />

exhibition showcases<br />

the 56 official city<br />

districts of Espoo.<br />

Open<br />

Studios Day<br />

An open house for<br />

painting is held in the<br />

garden of the Gallen-<br />

Kallela Museum on<br />

Fine Arts Open Studios<br />

Day on Fri 10 July<br />

from 11:00 to 14:00.<br />

The event includes a<br />

demo. The instructor<br />

is Olga Veselovskaya.<br />

Please bring your own<br />

equipment.<br />

16 A magazine for Espoo residents

The Pentala Archipelago<br />

Museum reopens according<br />

to its normal opening hours<br />

on Saturday 6 June.<br />

The Villa Museum<br />

Villa Rulludd<br />

reopens on<br />

Sunday 7 June.<br />

Libraries are open<br />

as usual from<br />

1 June.<br />

The Tacita Dean exhibition<br />

includes the ambitious chalk painting<br />

Chalk Fall (2018).<br />

The IC-98 media installation forms part<br />

of the Kosketus [Touch] collection exhibit<br />

in the EMMA exhibition space.<br />

Nastja Säde Rönkkö makes use<br />

of a gesture familiar from<br />

political demonstrations.<br />

A Thousand<br />

Stories about<br />

Espoo ♦<br />

Tuhat tarinaa Espoosta [A Thousand<br />

Stories about Espoo] is a permanent<br />

exhibition on the history of the city<br />

at KAMU. The exhibition focuses<br />

on five eras and five locations in the<br />

history of Espoo: Stone Age sealers<br />

at Bosmalm, Medieval farmers at<br />

Mankby, gentlefolk and commoners<br />

at Alberga, factory workers at<br />

Kauklahti and urban life in suburbs.<br />

How was Espoo born, and how did it<br />

become what it is today?<br />

The Next<br />

500 Years ♦<br />

Artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela built<br />

his castle-like studio, Tarvaspää,<br />

on the Pellavaniemi headland<br />

beside Villa Linudd in the grounds<br />

of Alberga Manor in 1911–1913.“I’m<br />

not building for us, I’m building for<br />

the next 500 years,” he said of his<br />

studio more than a century ago. The<br />

exhibition Tarvaspää – 500 vuotta<br />

eteenpäin [Tarvaspää – The Next<br />

500 Years] is about architecture,<br />

construction and everyday life.<br />

› 1 Jun <strong>2020</strong> – 25 Apr 2021<br />

for those<br />

yet to be •<br />

The work for those yet to be<br />

(2016–2018) by Nastja Säde<br />

Rönkkö (b. 1985), Young Artist<br />

of the Year 2019, is on display at<br />

EMMA until 2 August. The work<br />

is a series of video performance<br />

art pieces about the emotions<br />

prompted by climate change and<br />

environmental damage. Rönkkö<br />

visits fragile locations around the<br />

world that are being destroyed<br />

through human activity, sending<br />

a message to future generations.<br />

This is the first time that the work<br />

is being displayed in its entirety.<br />

Main exhibition<br />

continues<br />

through August •<br />

The exhibition of works by Tacita<br />

Dean (b. 1965), one of today’s<br />

internationally most distinguished<br />

contemporary artists, will continue<br />

at EMMA through 2 August. Dean<br />

is especially known for 16 mm<br />

and 35 mm films and her work to<br />

preserve the tradition of analogue<br />

film but also for large-sale chalk<br />

drawings that command the<br />

space. Dean works with drawing,<br />

photography, printing methods<br />

and found materials.<br />

Ceramic animal<br />

figures •<br />

A group of delightful animal<br />

figures is on display in EMMA in<br />

the summer. Animals created by<br />

ceramic artist Michael Schilkin<br />

(1900–1962) are displayed in a<br />

playful environment designed by<br />

contemporary artist Lotta Mattila<br />

(b. 1986). Mattila, also known<br />

for animal figures, contributes new<br />

sculptures of her own, created for<br />

this exhibition.<br />

› 2 Jun <strong>2020</strong> –<br />

28 Feb 2021<br />

Cars for<br />

kids ✘<br />

The special exhibition Menopelileikki<br />

[Vehicle Play] explores<br />

movement and travel, vehicles and<br />

traffic safety from a child’s perspective<br />

and through playing. The<br />

exhibition features traffic-themed<br />

toys and playful vehicles. Active<br />

and interactive, the exhibition is an<br />

introduction to how traffic works<br />

and to what various vehicles are<br />

like and also tests visitors’ knowledge<br />

of traffic regulations.<br />

Anni Puolakka:<br />

Diamond Belly •<br />

From June, the media space in the<br />

Kosketus [Touch] exhibition features<br />

the video work Timanttimaha<br />

[Diamond Belly] (2018) by Anni<br />

Puolakka, a discussion between a<br />

human and an AI chatbot. The work<br />

explores love and companionship<br />

between a human artist, a bot and<br />

mosquitoes. Puolakka incorporates<br />

autobiographical and documentary<br />

materials into her works.<br />

› 2 Jun <strong>2020</strong> – 27 Sep <strong>2020</strong><br />

Theses on the<br />

Body Politic •<br />

The media installation Teesejä<br />

yhteiskuntaruumiista [Theses on the<br />

Body Politic] by IC-98, a.k.a. Patrik<br />

Söderlund (b. 1974) and Visa<br />

Suonpää (b. 1968) is on display at<br />

EMMA in August and September.<br />

The work forms part of the Kosketus<br />

[Touch] collection exhibit in the<br />

EMMA exhibition space. The work<br />

focuses on the shapes and metamorphoses<br />

of rope. Sound plays a<br />

significant role in the work.<br />

› 4 Aug <strong>2020</strong> – 27 Sep <strong>2020</strong><br />

Aladdin and the<br />

Magic Lamp ✘<br />

The classic story Aladdin ja<br />

taikalamppu [Aladdin and the<br />

Magic Lamp] is presented by the<br />

Hevosenkenkä Theatre as an<br />

exciting adventure story for kids.<br />

The cast includes the young hero<br />

Aladdin and his rat friend Baba, the<br />

lovely princess, the Genie, the evil<br />

Grand Vizier and of course a flying<br />

carpet. The production is generous<br />

with visuals and music, conjuring<br />

up an ancient Oriental mood.<br />

› Thu 13 Aug at 18:00, Sat 15 Aug<br />

at 16:00, Sun 16 Aug at 15:00 and<br />

Sat 22 Aug at 16:00.<br />


Where to go<br />

✱<br />

Music • Visual arts ♥ Theatre ✘ For children ✓ Cinema = Espoo ♦ Something else<br />

The Gallen-Kallela<br />

Museum reopens on<br />

Monday 1 June.<br />

Lehman Trilogy<br />

in August ♥<br />

Fifteenth Night,<br />

the Musical ♥<br />

History of toys<br />

and play ♦<br />

The Lehman Trilogy traces the evolution of<br />

modern capitalism and the beginnings of<br />

mass consumerism.<br />

One of ASA’s most recent releases<br />

are Rakkauslauluja miehille<br />

(Love songs for men).<br />

Dave Lindholm Lights are: Dave himself<br />

and seasoned musicians Tommi Laine,<br />

Juppo Paavola and Mikko Löytty.<br />

The premiere of Lehman-trilogia<br />

[The Lehman Trilogy] has been<br />

postponed to Saturday 1 August.<br />

Directed by Davide Giovanzana,<br />

the play depicts the history of<br />

the family of the founders of the<br />

Lehman Brothers investment bank<br />

over three generations.<br />

In the course of an evening,<br />

actors Jussi Lehtonen, Timo<br />

Torikka and Juha Sääski and<br />

composer-musician Maija Ruuskanen<br />

relive a story that begins<br />

in 1844 and ends with the bank’s<br />

collapse in 2008, sparking one<br />

of the most devastating financial<br />

crises of all time.<br />

› Sat 1 Aug at 18:30, Fri 7 Aug at<br />

18:30, Sat 8 Aug at 14:00 and<br />

Fri 14 Aug at 18:30, Espoo City<br />

Theatre<br />

Asa & Band at<br />

Sello Hall ✱<br />

Asa & Band appear in concert at<br />

Sello Hall in August. Matti Salo,<br />

who began his career under the<br />

pseudonym Avain, is an artist<br />

driven to pursue paths very<br />

much his own. His début album<br />

Punainen tiili [Red Brick] brought<br />

social realism and political pathos<br />

to the Rähinä Records catalogue,<br />

but he did not truly discover his<br />

own voice, language and world<br />

until becoming Asa.<br />

Over the past ten years, Asa<br />

has published and performed<br />

a great deal of music, from the<br />

emphatically psychedelic, do-ityourself<br />

-themed Foetida series to<br />

more conventional explorations<br />

of hip-hop aesthetics such as the<br />

albums Love and Jou jou, and<br />

from DJ-driven gigs to concerts by<br />

Asa & Band.<br />

› Thu 13 Aug at 19:00<br />

Tickets: lippu.fi<br />

Viidestoista yö [Fifteenth Night]<br />

is a musical offering a time travel<br />

experience to the world of the<br />

late legendary Finnish singersongwriter<br />

Juice and his friends.<br />

In addition to the greatest Juice<br />

classics, the production includes<br />

songs by Mikko Alatalo and<br />

some of the finest gems of<br />

Manserock from the city of Tampere,<br />

including the bands on the<br />

famous Tuuliajolla [Adrift] cruise<br />

tour in the 1980s. The musical<br />

includes these songs and many<br />

more: Viidestoista yö, Rakkauden<br />

haudalla, Syksyn Sävel, Marilyn,<br />

Jyrki Boy, Mä maalaispoika<br />

oon, Hän hymyilee kuin lapsi,<br />

Kaksoiselämää, Musta aurinko<br />

nousee, Paperitähdet, Aamu alkaa<br />

A:lla, Pidetään ikävää... Juice himself<br />

is played by Matti Mikkonen,<br />

alias Matthau Mikojan, a secondgeneration<br />

Manserock musician.<br />

› Fri 14 Aug at 19:00<br />

Tickets: lippu.fi<br />

Dave Lindholm<br />

at Sello Hall ✱<br />

Dave Lindholm is undisputedly<br />

one of Finland’s most distinguished<br />

musicians. He began his career in a<br />

band named Ferris in 1971. In 1972,<br />

he released his first solo album, Iso<br />

“Kynä” Lindholm. His most recent<br />

band, Dave Lindholm Lights, is in<br />

concert at Sello Hall in September.<br />

The band’s roots and blues sound<br />

is created alongside Dave himself<br />

by musicians familiar to enthusiasts<br />

from a variety of contexts: guitarist<br />

Tommi Laine (e.g. Groovy Eyes),<br />

drummer Juppo Paavola (e.g.<br />

Pauli Hanhiniemen Perunateatteri)<br />

and bass player Mikko Löytty (e.g.<br />

SF Blues).<br />

› Thu 20 Aug at 19:00<br />

Tickets: lippu.fi<br />

A tour aimed specifically at<br />

adults, Lelujen ja leikkien historiaa<br />

[History of toys and play] is an<br />

exploration and remembrance of<br />

how toys, playing and children’s<br />

lives have changed over the<br />

decades, from the 19th century<br />

to today. The tour starts at the<br />

door of the Finnish Toy Museum<br />

and is included in the price of the<br />

WeeGee ticket. Recommended<br />

age: 7 and up.<br />

› Sat 6 Jun at 13:30–14:00, Exhibition<br />

Centre WeeGee, Finnish Toy<br />

Museum Hevosenkenkä<br />

Louhiklubi at<br />

Espoo Cultural<br />

Centre ✱<br />

Friends of Finnish popular music<br />

have here a rare opportunity<br />

to witness two fine and longstanding<br />

duos at one go, as Kettunen–Kuokkanen<br />

and Johanna<br />

& Mikko Iivanainen join forces on<br />

their second joint tour. In a series<br />

of lounge concerts, they perform<br />

their own material and a carefully<br />

chosen selection of covers. There<br />

are sensitive moments, down-toearth<br />

stories and humour in store.<br />

› Thu 27 Aug at 19:00–21:00,<br />

Espoo<br />

Cultural Centre, Louhi Hall<br />

Tickets: lippu.fi<br />

Virtual arts<br />

experiences •<br />

The Espoo Museum of Modern<br />

Art has posted a wealth of content<br />

on its website for you to enjoy at<br />

home. There is a compiled list of<br />

links to documentaries on artists<br />

and to exhibition-specific artist<br />

interviews.<br />

18 A magazine for Espoo residents

5<br />

magic moves<br />

for home<br />

workouts<br />

Warm up properly. Perform the<br />

moves according to your fitness<br />

and capacity. Repeat each move<br />

10 to 15 times. Take a break and<br />

then do the same thing again. Do<br />

several rounds if you feel like it.<br />

3<br />

Thighs and buttocks:<br />

squatting.<br />

Squat as if you were<br />

about to sit on a chair.<br />

Then straighten up<br />

again.<br />

Tips<br />

for independent exercise<br />

for people of all ages (in Finnish):<br />

espoo.fi/<br />

omatoimiliikunta<br />

The videos, live group<br />

exercise sessions and instructions<br />

listed on the<br />

page are free of charge.<br />

2<br />

Upper body: rowing.<br />

Perform rowing movements<br />

in long pulls,<br />

bringing your shoulder<br />

blades together.<br />

Exercising in Espoo<br />

It is important to keep<br />

in shape and look after<br />

your mobility even in<br />

these quarantine-like<br />

conditions.<br />

Text and photos Espoo Sports and Exercise Services<br />

1<br />

Warm-up: ski moves.<br />

Swing your arms back and<br />

forth in opposite directions.<br />

Allow your torso and your<br />

line of sight to turn with the<br />

movement.<br />

4<br />

Abdominal oblique<br />

muscles: rotation.<br />

Touch your fingers/elbow<br />

to the opposite knee.<br />

5<br />

Mobility: side stretch.<br />

Reach up and to the other<br />

side over your head with<br />

your arm.<br />


ight now<br />

Espoo is growing at a<br />

rate of about 5,000<br />

residents per year.<br />

Sustainable solutions<br />

will benefit future<br />

generations.<br />

Text Maarit Krok<br />

Green<br />

hub for<br />

sustainable<br />

mobility<br />

In the near future, a pedestrian<br />

centre and services will be<br />

developed in Leppävaara.<br />

Indicative plan of<br />

what Leppävaara is<br />

to look like, viewed<br />

from the direction of<br />

the Ring I road.<br />

Leppävaara is the third busiest public transport hub in the<br />

Helsinki metropolitan area and also accounted for one third of<br />

Espoo’s population growth last year. In 2019, Espoo acquired<br />

more than 6,000 new residents, of which 2,000 in the Greater<br />

Leppävaara area.<br />

There are three key goals for Leppävaara: condensing the urban structure,<br />

improving public transport and services, and expanding the pedestrian<br />

zone.<br />

“The basis for project development is that at present this environment<br />

does not meet the requirements of a heavy-traffic area,” says Mika<br />

Rantala, Project Director of the Greater Leppävaara area.<br />

The Sello shopping centre is the heart of Leppävaara, and the current<br />

project is intended to develop its immediate vicinity.<br />

“The ‘Leppävaara centre’ vision involves a new business park to the<br />

north and the Hatsinanpuisto business park to the east of Sello. All<br />

these are within walking distance of each other. We are seeking to create<br />

a larger city centre that can generate positive urban buzz,” explains<br />

Rantala.<br />

The redeveloped city centre is also meant to be greener and more<br />

accessible. Car parks will be relocated underground, and the bridge spanning<br />

the railway is intended to house services along with an indoor terminal<br />

space for both bus and train passengers.<br />

These projects are consistent with sustainable mobility and public<br />

transport. Several of the planned new housing estates are located along<br />

the forthcoming Jokeri Light Rail, and cycling routes are being planned<br />

along with the expanded pedestrian zone.<br />

The area is being designed according to the wishes of its residents,<br />

who have been invited to participate actively in the development work<br />

through residents’ forums and other channels.<br />

“I’ve been meeting local residents on a monthly basis under the heading<br />

Tehtävä Leppävaarassa [Mission Leppävaara], and I run a public<br />

Facebook group where people can discuss current affairs and development<br />

initiatives,” Rantala says.<br />

›<br />

20 A magazine for Espoo residents

Leppävaaran keskus (SARC Architects ltd)<br />

Aerial view of the<br />

Hatsinanpuisto site.<br />

The new business park<br />

will expand the Leppävaara<br />

urban centre<br />

around Sello.<br />

Hatsinanpuisto (OOPS, NCC)<br />


Projects:<br />


(under construction)<br />

about 100,000 sq.m of floor space<br />

(offices, hotel, housing and<br />

commercial space)<br />


(under construction)<br />

250,000 sq.m of floor area for housing<br />

Illustration of<br />

an aerial view<br />

of Leppävaara<br />

according to<br />

current plans.<br />

Construction of<br />

the Jokeri Light<br />

Rail has begun<br />

in Leppävaara.<br />

Raide-Jokeri<br />


2023–2024<br />


(under construction)<br />

60,000 sq.m of floor area mainly for<br />

housing<br />

Leppävaara<br />

statistics<br />


new railway station bridge<br />

35,000 sq.m of floor area for housing<br />

25,000 sq.m of floor area for offices<br />

20,000 sq.m of floor area for a hotel,<br />

services and businesses<br />


40,000 sq.m of floor area for housing<br />

Population: 71,500<br />

Population increase:<br />

9,000 by 2025<br />


30,000 sq.m of floor area for housing<br />


25,000 sq.m of floor area for housing<br />

Jobs:<br />

30,000<br />

Jokeri Light Rail:<br />

9 km in Leppävaara<br />

Services for new residents in Espoo<br />

<strong>ESPOO</strong> enjoys one of Finland’s highest<br />

rates of population growth. The<br />

City is catering to new residents by<br />

producing various info packages.<br />

Under the heading Information<br />

for residents on the city of Espoo<br />

website, there are sections for<br />

instance on housing counselling,<br />

allotment gardens and carpet washing<br />

sites. The city has also launched<br />

an English-language website, Hello<br />

Espoo, for foreign residents. The site<br />

is a step-by-step guide to the journey<br />

before, during and after moving to<br />

Espoo.<br />

The InfoFinland.fi website also<br />

provides a wealth of information<br />

about Espoo for both Finnish and<br />

international people relocating to<br />

the area and is available in Finnish,<br />

Swedish and English and also in nine<br />

other languages, including Somali<br />

and Chinese.<br />

Read more:<br />

• espoo.fi (Information for residents)<br />

• helloespoo.fi<br />

• infofinland.fi<br />

22 A magazine for Espoo residents

Human<br />

dignity is for<br />

everyone<br />

It is only natural to have<br />

prejudices about people<br />

who are different. However,<br />

there is a difference between<br />

thinking and saying things<br />

out loud. Sometimes prejudices<br />

can lead to another<br />

person’s fundamental rights<br />

being violated.<br />

› We are meeting Hanna Bäckström<br />

and Paula Åkerlund by virtual<br />

means because of the current exceptional<br />

circumstances. Because of this,<br />

it was easy for all of us to come to the<br />

meeting. That is not always the case.<br />

Bäckström is in a wheelchair, and<br />

sometimes she quite literally faces a<br />

high threshold for attending events.<br />

“In many cases, when I arrive at<br />

an event, it’s taken so much time and<br />

trouble to get there that I can’t be<br />

bothered with how confused people<br />

get when I arrive in a wheelchair,” says<br />

Bäckström.<br />

Paula Åkerlund, a Roma woman,<br />

can identify with the experience. She<br />

also often encounters open resentment<br />

and discriminatory behaviour.<br />

“It’s humiliating to walk around<br />

in a shop with a security guard trailing<br />

behind you. I can’t accept anyone<br />

making automatic judgments like that<br />

about another person.”<br />

Åkerlund is active in advocating for<br />

minorities. She used to be a member<br />

of the Espoo Multicultural Advisory<br />

Board and is now in her first term as<br />

minority representative on the Espoo<br />

Equality Committee. Bäckström,<br />

following in her father’s footsteps,<br />

represents Uudenmaan lihastautiyhdistys<br />

[Muscle Disease Association<br />

of Uusimaa] on the Espoo Disability<br />

Council.<br />

Through their respective<br />

municipal bodies, Paula<br />

Åkerlund and Hanna Bäckström<br />

are involved in the ‘Espoo for<br />

Everyone – Stop Hate Speech!’<br />

campaign, the purpose of which<br />

is to raise awareness, to foster<br />

an atmosphere of tolerance<br />

and to encourage everyone to<br />

intervene in harassment and<br />

hate speech.<br />

With the honour of representation<br />

comes great responsibility.<br />

Sometimes it is not so easy to be humble,<br />

friendly and kind.<br />

“Sometimes I’d like to be able to<br />

be bad-tempered and rude without<br />

having the entire disabled community<br />

judged by my conduct,” says<br />

Bäckström.<br />

Åkerlund admits that she has a<br />

very short fuse in situations where<br />

she feels she is being mistreated. If<br />

she has had a rough day, she may lash<br />

out at someone more fiercely than she<br />

intended.<br />

“And then they say ‘you people are<br />

always like that’,” says Åkerlund.<br />

Everyone has prejudices. When<br />

Hanna Bäckström catches herself<br />

thinking in a prejudiced way, she<br />

laughs at herself.<br />

“Stereotypes about population<br />

groups are incredibly powerful. I’m a<br />

slave to them just as much as the next<br />

person. When you catch yourself having<br />

thoughts like that, you just have to<br />

grab yourself by the neck,” she says.<br />

Paula Åkerlund stresses that<br />

no one is saying you cannot have<br />

thoughts and opinions of your own.<br />

The point is in how you express them.<br />

“You don’t always have to take up the<br />

pitchforks and torches even if you don’t<br />

approve of a particular operating culture<br />

or way of thinking. Every human<br />

being is entitled to human dignity, no<br />

matter what they are like. We all have to<br />

respect that,” Åkerlund insists.<br />

encounters<br />

Espoo is a multicultural<br />

city with a policy of promoting<br />

acceptance and<br />

cooperation between<br />

population groups.<br />

Text Tiina Parikka Photo Timo Porthan<br />


pearl<br />

Pentala island is one of<br />

the 11 outdoor recreation<br />

islands in Espoo. The<br />

Pentala Archipelago<br />

Museum and its services<br />

have been open to the<br />

public since 2018.<br />

Text Mia Weckström Photo Ari Siliamaa<br />

24 A magazine for Espoo residents

Life in the archipelago requires<br />

many kinds of manual skills<br />

THE Pentala Archipelago Museum is<br />

located on an old fisherman’s estate on<br />

Pentala island in Espoonlahti Bay. With the<br />

help of museum guides, you get to explore<br />

life in the archipelago and everyday life on<br />

the fisherman’s estate as it used to be.<br />

“We organise guided tours, lectures,<br />

exhibitions and craft workshops, such as<br />

net knotting, in the museum area,” says<br />

Pentala Archipelago Museum’s guide and<br />

coordinator, Ninni Finnberg whose job<br />

description includes producing museum<br />

services for the public and keeping an eye<br />

on the plants in the museum yard.<br />

The role of a museum guide on Pentala<br />

is very versatile. As well as serving<br />

customers, museum guides look after the<br />

sheep in the area under Finnberg’s tuition.<br />

“The sheep that have a summer job at<br />

the Archipelago Museum are very affectionate,<br />

and visitors to the museum also<br />

get to stroke and cuddle them when their<br />

guide takes them to the pasture.”<br />

Visitors can enjoy the archipelago<br />

nature on the 2.3-kilometre-long nature<br />

trail that starts in the museum area and<br />

continues from the former fisherman’s<br />

estate to lake Pentalanjärvi and the<br />

Diksand beach.<br />

“When planning a visit to the museum,<br />

it’s good to remember that when the Tapiola<br />

weather station shows rain in Espoo,<br />

it’s often sunny here in the archipelago,”<br />

Finnberg says.<br />

You can also explore the Archipelago<br />

Museum and the history of the<br />

Pentala island virtually using the<br />

‘Museum Without Walls’ mobile guide<br />

at tarinasoitin.fi/pentala.<br />

The Pentala<br />

ram is waiting<br />

to be let<br />

loose on the<br />

island for<br />

the summer.<br />

The Pentala<br />

Archipelago<br />

Museum will<br />

reopen to the<br />

public on 6<br />

June.<br />


Espoo residents<br />

Juvanpuisto is in the<br />

Niipperi district. It is a<br />

low-rise housing area<br />

favoured by families,<br />

situated adjacent to<br />

the industrial estates<br />

at Juvanmalmi and<br />

Koskelo.<br />

Text Tiina Parikka Photos Eemeli Sarka<br />

A student body<br />

with a difference<br />

At the Juvanpuiston koulu<br />

joint comprehensive school,<br />

every pupil at the secondary<br />

level can participate in<br />

pupil body activities. The<br />

pupil body also adapts its<br />

activities according the<br />

pupils’ wishes.<br />

The Juvanpuiston koulu joint<br />

comprehensive school has<br />

abandoned the traditional<br />

secondary-level pupil body<br />

elections where one representative<br />

from each class is elected to<br />

the board. Instead, pupil body activities<br />

are structured around teams that any<br />

pupil may join according to their interests.<br />

“We have about 580 pupils, and some<br />

100 of them are on these teams. Next<br />

autumn, we plan to have all new pupils<br />

pick a team that they want to join. If<br />

there is no team that they’re interested<br />

in, we’ll set up new ones according to<br />

their interests,” says Headmaster Vesa<br />

Äyräs.<br />

The largest teams are the café team<br />

and the environmental Vihreä lippu<br />

[Green flag] team, which also admits<br />

pupils from primary school.<br />

“The café is open two days a week.<br />

The team is divided into smaller groups,<br />

with each group tending to the café for<br />

one week. We shop for baking supplies,<br />

bake the products and sell them. It’s<br />

a great way to learn about customer<br />

service and how to run a business,” says<br />

Mandi Isopahkala.<br />

Everyone may contribute however<br />

they can. Kerttu Kantomaa joined<br />

the international team initially as an<br />

observer but has since become one of its<br />

key members.<br />

“The international team takes care<br />

of guided tours for visitors. We have a<br />

lot of foreign visitors coming to view the<br />

Finnish school system in action and to<br />

see our school in particular. The best<br />

thing is meeting people from different<br />

cultures. It’s also good practice for performing<br />

skills and of course for communicating<br />

in English,” says Kerttu.<br />

There are many ways of working,<br />

and how often the teams meet<br />

depends on what they are doing. Kaisa<br />

Koivunen is on the international<br />

team and is also a member of STEM,<br />

a team for pupils interested in science<br />

and mathematics.<br />

Niipperi<br />

• Population: 3,364 (31 Dec 2018), of which<br />

over 600 of comprehensive school age<br />

• Located in northern Espoo, along<br />

the Ring III road<br />

• Most of the 3.9 sq.km of the area is owned<br />

by the Espoo Ringside golf course<br />

• Two shops: a barber shop and a florist’s shop<br />

• Two youth halls, open alternately<br />

“Last year, our activities included an<br />

escape room,” says Kaisa.<br />

Mandi, Kerttu and Kaisa are also on<br />

the board of the pupil body along with<br />

Adele Silvennoinen.<br />

“We don’t actually elect the board<br />

members. It’s the most active people<br />

that get to be on the board,” says Adele,<br />

who herself is on the café, international,<br />

communications and environment<br />

teams.<br />

Coordinating teachers look after<br />

team operations, but everything is very<br />

free and informal.<br />

The teams are set up according to<br />

pupil interests. There is a scooter badly<br />

in need of repair stored at the school.<br />

The scooter, the spare parts needed and<br />

the mat on the workshop floor were<br />

acquired with a project grant received by<br />

the northern Espoo local chapter of the<br />

Mannerheim League for Child Welfare.<br />

“We work on the bike whenever we<br />

feel like it, on breaks and at other times<br />

too. The idea was to sell it by auction in the<br />

spring, but that was put on hold because of<br />

the coronavirus,” says Petrus Tahkola.<br />

Team activities are important for<br />

adolescents in a district where there are<br />

not many places to hang out. This operating<br />

model is being extended to two<br />

other schools in the Niipperi district.<br />

Opportunities<br />

for success<br />

THE unusual pupil body at Juvanpuisto<br />

forms part of a broader project to<br />

orient adolescents’ interests towards<br />

positive things.<br />

“All too often it’s the individuals<br />

who do stupid things that get all the<br />

attention among young people. It’s<br />

normal to explore your boundaries and<br />

to experiment with new things, but we<br />

want to focus on the positive,” says<br />

Headmaster Vesa Äyräs.<br />

The pupil body teams concept<br />

was launched at Juvanpuisto three<br />

years ago. With meaningful activities<br />

provided for the pupils, there have<br />

been fewer problems for instance during<br />

breaks. The concept now involves<br />

other schools in the district along with<br />

daycare centres and networks.<br />

“We hold intoxicant abuse seminars<br />

for parents in the evening to find<br />

ways for young people to engage<br />

actively. Pupils can now lead clubs<br />

for younger children, and parents and<br />

local businesses have offered their<br />

support for pupil teams,” says Äyräs<br />

and continues:<br />

“It’s nothing new, of course. You<br />

know, ‘it takes a village to bring up a<br />

child’.” At the turn of the millennium,<br />

there were dozens of clubs led by parents<br />

in the Juvanpuisto area, but they<br />

faded away. Now it is time to become<br />

active again.<br />

The pupils themselves wish that<br />

the youth facilities that there are in the<br />

district would be open more often.<br />

26 A magazine for Espoo residents

Kerttu Kantomaa,<br />

Adele Silvennoinen,<br />

Mandi Isopahkala<br />

and Kaisa Koivunen<br />

are all members<br />

of the pupil body<br />

board.<br />

Petrus Tahkola<br />

found his thing on<br />

the moped team.<br />

The idea was to<br />

repair and sell a<br />

scooter, but the<br />

sale had to be suspended<br />

because of<br />

the coronavirus.<br />

Mandi Isopahkala<br />

and Kerttu Kantomaa<br />

know that<br />

the classic ‘mocha<br />

squares’ are a big<br />

hit at the café.<br />

There is time to<br />

bake for instance<br />

during breaks.<br />

”<br />

foreign<br />

Our school<br />

receives a lot of<br />

visitors.<br />


Swedish in Espoo<br />

Espoo has strong<br />

Swedish-speaking<br />

roots. As recently as the<br />

1920s, 70 per cent of<br />

the population spoke<br />

Swedish.<br />

Text Jenni von Frenckell Photos Espoo City Museum<br />

This island in the Espoo Archipelago has not<br />

always been known as Pentala. Over the years,<br />

it has also been called Bentsall and Pentari. The<br />

earliest reference to the island by name dates<br />

from 1540, when it was referred to as Bentsall,<br />

notes Tryggve Gestrin, a curator at the Espoo City<br />

Museum.<br />

“Etymologically, the name was a combination of the<br />

Swedish first name Benedictus – Bengt – and the Finnish<br />

ending ‘-salo’ which means a large, wooded island,”<br />

explains Gestrin who has researched Pentala’s history.<br />

Pentala is located at the entrance to Espoonlahti bay<br />

and is one of the Sommaröarna – the ‘Summer Islands’, or<br />

Suvisaaristo in Finnish. It is not surprising that in the past,<br />

the most important source of income in the archipelago<br />

was fishing.<br />

“Pentala is a typical old fishing village. The inhabitants<br />

made their living from high seas fishing, and it was primarily<br />

Baltic herring that filled their nets. Most of the catch was<br />

kept by the inhabitants for their own use, and to pay the<br />

lease for the cottages. What was left over was then sold at<br />

the Market Square in Helsinki,” Gestrin describes.<br />

Sea fishing was demanding, but the Pentala fishermen<br />

were skilled masters of the art of sea fishing, recounts<br />

Gestrin.<br />

“In the 18th century, the explosions at Suomenlinna sea<br />

fortress posed a challenge, because they frightened the fish.<br />

This forced the fishermen to fish far out at sea, and not everyone<br />

made it back.<br />

In addition to fishing, the residents of Pentala hunted<br />

seabirds and seals and engaged in agriculture. The inhabitants<br />

primarily grew potatoes and other plant-based food<br />

for their own use.<br />

People on the pier<br />

of the Nyholm<br />

fisherman’s estate in<br />

the summer of 1933.<br />

Unknown photographer.<br />

Man and woman in a<br />

speedboat adjacent<br />

to the pier of the<br />

Nyholm fisherman’s<br />

estate in the 1940s.<br />

Unknown photographer.<br />

In 1776, the island of Pentala<br />

in Espoo was inhabited<br />

by 22 Swedish-speaking<br />

inhabitants. Nowadays, the<br />

island welcomes visitors to<br />

the archipelago museum<br />

where the residents of Espoo<br />

can learn about Pentala’s<br />

history.<br />

Pentala Island<br />

– a historical<br />

archipelago<br />

community<br />

28 A magazine for Espoo residents

The main building<br />

of the Nyholm<br />

fisherman’s estate<br />

in 1937. Unknown<br />

photographer.<br />

In those years, Pentala belonged to the<br />

villages of Svinö and Moisö, which had been<br />

owned by Espoo Manor since 1640. It was<br />

also Espoo Manor that established the first<br />

fisherman’s cottage on Pentala in 1758. At<br />

the end of the 19th century, the island had<br />

three cottages. There were also several residential<br />

buildings and villas, including Gurli’s<br />

house.<br />

“Gurli’s house belonged to the fisherman’s<br />

widow Gurli Nyholm. She was the last<br />

resident to live on Pentala year-round, even<br />

in the 1980s. Her husband Arvid was the<br />

island’s last fisherman,” Gestrin describes.<br />

The oldest preserved fishing cottage on<br />

the island dates from 1791. The cottages and<br />

villas served as an extra source of income for<br />

Pentala’s fishermen.<br />

“We know that the first summer tourists<br />

to rent accommodation in Pentala did so as<br />

early as the middle of the 19th century. The<br />

guests were primarily officials and burghers<br />

who wanted a break from the crowded capital,”<br />

Gestrin said.<br />

No precise data exists about the development<br />

of the island’s population. Yet thanks<br />

to old church books from 1776, it is known<br />

that there were then 22 Swedish-speaking<br />

people living on Pentala.<br />

“Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries,<br />

the inhabitants of Pentala were mainly<br />

Swedish-speaking, which was also the case<br />

elsewhere along the coast. Finnish only<br />

gained a stronger influence in the archipelago<br />

in the 20th century, when the archipelago<br />

became accessible via highways,”<br />

Gestrin explains.<br />

In 2010, the buildings on Pentala underwent<br />

an extensive renovation. Every object<br />

found in the course of the renovation was<br />

catalogued.<br />

“In the attic of the fisherman’s cottage,<br />

200 pairs of shoes and a small sealskin cap<br />

were discovered. In the old days, you didn’t<br />

throw anything away. New garments were<br />

made out of old materials,” explains Gestrin.<br />

Today Pentala Island is dotted with summer<br />

villas. In the summertime, the villas are<br />

primarily used by descendants of the original<br />

homeowners.<br />

Since the summer of 2018, Pentala also<br />

serves as an archipelago museum.<br />

“<br />

Gurli Nyholm was<br />

the last inhabitant<br />

of Pentala.<br />


we<br />

Nature in Espoo is<br />

like Finland in miniature:<br />

we have the sea and the<br />

archipelago in the south<br />

and the rugged<br />

wilderness of Nuuksio<br />

National Park<br />

in the north.<br />

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30 A magazine for Espoo residents

The Villa Museum Villa Rulludd is an uncommonly<br />

well-preserved example of early villa architecture<br />

along the entire Uusimaa coast. The museum is a<br />

time capsule of the summer holidays of the culturally<br />

active Kihlman family. They enjoyed summers at their<br />

villa for six generations until the villa passed into the<br />

ownership of the City of Espoo in 1980.<br />

Memorial book of Agneta Kihlman, 1936–1941. This<br />

page in the memorial book shows a drawing made by<br />

Agneta’s aunt Agnes Kihlman, an arts teacher, of the<br />

Päijänne pavilion at Villa Rulludd in 1937.<br />

my espoo<br />

Further information: kulttuuriespoo.fi/en/rulludd<br />

Swimming, previously<br />

regarded as a pastime<br />

of the common people,<br />

became popular among ”the gentlefolk.<br />

Summer<br />

villas dot<br />

the islands<br />

Villas were big in the 1920s<br />

and 1930s. The bourgeoisie<br />

of Helsinki used to migrate<br />

to their villas in Espoo for the<br />

summer to enjoy crayfish<br />

banquets, swimming and<br />

social life in general.<br />

In 1920, Espoo was a<br />

rural municipality with a<br />

population of less than<br />

9,000. Growth and<br />

urbanisation began in<br />

the 1940s.<br />

Text Hanna Leino Photo Espoo City Museum<br />

› Espoo became a choice destination for summer residents<br />

in the 19th century when upper-class folk and merchants<br />

from Helsinki began to seek out the peace and quiet of the<br />

countryside in Espoo. City homes were cramped and maintained<br />

to strict standards to keep up appearances, and there<br />

was little potential for outdoor recreation.<br />

Back in the day, people with villas did not just pop over for<br />

the weekend – they relocated there for the entire summer.<br />

They would pack up a cartload of items, including linens<br />

and tableware. Their servants came with them, of course.<br />

They journeyed by steamship and boat from the Market<br />

Square in Helsinki to maritime Espoo. There were clusters<br />

of villas particularly in Degerö (now Laajasalo) and on the<br />

islands off Espoo, amidst lovely landscapes but conveniently<br />

served by local shipping.<br />

These villas were not summer cottages as we understand<br />

the term today. They were designed as fully liveable<br />

leisure residences with several outbuildings such as gazebos<br />

and bathing houses, the latter typically perched on the<br />

end of a jetty. Swimming used to be regarded as a pastime<br />

of the common people, but gentlefolk soon took it up when<br />

the outdoor life came to be idealised at the turn of the 20th<br />

century.<br />

Conceptions about appearances began to shift too:<br />

tanned skin and muscle tone were no longer regarded as<br />

coarse and common. Tennis and other outdoor sports<br />

were embraced by gentlefolk, and gardening was keenly<br />

adopted as a hobby. Villa gardens flourished. Villas had<br />

balconies and terraces on which to enjoy sunny summer<br />

days, and plenty of windows to admit the abundant summer<br />

sunlight.<br />

Such settings were ideal for hosting guests, and<br />

Midsummer bonfires and crayfish banquets in August<br />

could bring together families from several villas.<br />

While the better-off lived it up at their villas, the poor<br />

folk continued their everyday lives in the city. There was<br />

no such thing as a holiday for working people, so even<br />

among the gentlefolk the men who had jobs might commute<br />

to Helsinki to work by steamship.<br />

This article is based on an interview with researcher<br />

Heli Haavisto MA. In the autumn, Haavisto gives<br />

talks on the villas and other cultural-historical sites in<br />

Espoo in the lecture series Espoon helmet<br />

[Espoo gems]. The talks are held at the Espoo<br />

City Museum, and admission is free.<br />

Children of the<br />

Kihlman family<br />

on the steps<br />

of Vintervillan<br />

(Winter villa) at<br />

VIlla Rulludd.<br />

(1930, photographer<br />

unknown )<br />


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