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A magazine for Espoo residents 3 2020

Featuring more than

100 events, Espoo Day

showcases the residents’

strong community spirit

even in exceptional


How a master

plan is compiled

Family coaching

is now online


tracing infection



In the editorial,

Jukka Mäkelä takes

a stand on issues of

current interest in the

City of Espoo.

Jukka Mäkelä is the Mayor of Espoo.

Moving forward in

a responsible way

Espoo Day will be celebrated once again on the 28th and

29th of August. This year’s programme has been prepared

in exceptional circumstances due to the coronavirus,

but thanks to the creativity of the organisations,

communities and residents involved, we will have more

than a hundred events to enjoy safely. The majority of

them are virtual events to be attended remotely, selfdirected

visits to destinations or small local events held

outdoors. This has required a great deal of innovation

from the people of Espoo. No wonder Espoo made it in

August to the final round of the European Union’s contest

to become the European Capital of Innovation.

Coordinated by the City, Espoo Day has been celebrated

every year since 2008. It reflects our beautiful

city and its residents perfectly. Espoo is a large city with

multiple city centres where each residential area has a

strong identity of its own. It’s a city that is always changing.

One example of this is the master plan proposal for

northern and central Espoo, which is discussed in the

leading article and will be on display and open for comments

this autumn. It covers more than half of Espoo’s

surface area.

The city residents are the city. Just before Espoo Day,

we launched the preparation of the Espoo Story, which

is the city’s strategy for the coming City Council term.

We are collecting citizens’ views and wishes for the city’s

future with the help of the My Espoo survey. Thank you

in advance for your answers!

Jukka Mäkelä

Mayor of Espoo


3 | Calendar and picks

Note down the most important dates.

8 | Theme

A master plan creates the

framework for construction.


14 | At your service

Coronators tracking infection.

Photo: Olli Urpela

15 | What's on

Many cultural centres open their doors.

20 | Right now

Creating Espoo Day together.

23 | Encounters

Family coaching now online.

24 | Pearl

Meadows have an important job.

26 | Espoo people

Finnoo locals take part

in designing the area.

28 | Swedish in Espoo

Driving a tractor on the road.

30 | We

Children on their way to school.

31 | My Espoo

Kera in bloom.


28–29 Aug

Espoo Day

31 Aug

The application period for

project and development

grants and art grants

ends at 15:45.

23 Sept

Partnership Forum helps the City of Espoo and organisations and other

players from various fields operating in Espoo to find and share solutions

for promoting well-being through collaboration between the organisations

and between the organisations and the city. The theme of this autumn’s

Partnership Forum is Boosting Inclusion through Cooperation between

Organisations during the Coronavirus – Successes, Challenges and

Lessons for the Future. The theme will be presented on 23 September

at 16:30–19:00 at the Otaniemen lukio upper secondary school

(Tekniikantie 15). You can also attend the event online.

29 Aug, 7 Oct and 10 Nov

This autumn, the City of Espoo and its partners will organise three public

events to address everyday safety and security in different parts of

Espoo. These You Make Your Everyday Life Safe events will explore and

discuss the many components of safety. If the events cannot be safely

organised in situ due to the coronavirus, they will be turned into online

events. You Make Your Everyday Life Safe events at the Kalajärvi Service

Centre on 29 Aug at 11:00–12:30, Iso Omena Service Centre on 7 Oct

at 17:30–19:00 and Entresse Library on 10 Nov at 17:30–19:00.

31 Aug –

28 Sept

The refuse collection vehicles

of HSY will be touring in

Espoo and Kauniainen from

31 August to 28 September.

For specific schedules, vehicle

stops and sorting instructions

go to hsy.fi/keraysautot.

30 Sept

The application period for operating

support for sole entrepreneurs, which

is intended to cover the costs arising

from business during the coronavirus

situation, comes to an end.

calendar Sep–Nov//20

Check the

calendar for the

main events and

key dates of the


28 Nov

Publication of the next issue

of Espoo magazine.


Public bulletin to all households. Feedback and suggestions: espoolehti@omnipress.fi

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

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

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

Distribution SSM Notifications jakelupalaute@omnipress.fi Cover Eemeli Sarka ISSN 1798-8438



According to advance information, Espoo’s population grew by

more than 1,100 residents between January and May, which is almost

1,500 residents less than during the same time the previous year.

Espoo plans to halve

youth unemployment

THE City of Espoo and its partners have set the target

to halve youth unemployment in the city by the end of

2022. Work towards this goal was begun before the

pandemic, but today it is more vital than ever.

With the coronavirus, youth unemployment has

increased sharply in Espoo. In April, 5,283 young people

between the ages of 15 and 29 were registered as

unemployed jobseekers, which is 164 per cent more

than the previous year.

Measures to prevent youth unemployment are

topical right now particularly because of the municipal

employment experiment set to start in January 2021. It

involves strengthening the role of municipalities in the

management of employment and transferring responsibility

from the Employment and Economic Development

Office to the city for all under 30-year-old

unemployed jobseekers, people employed under the

pay subsidy scheme and receiving services designed

to promote employment, regardless of the type of

unemployment benefit they receive.

Promoting youth employment requires influencing

a number of phenomena. One way to halve youth

unemployment is to raise their targeted early-stage

benefit, which would decrease the number of their

unemployed periods. Another way is to increase their

personal benefit, which would shorten any periods of

unemployment that have begun. Increasing jobseekers’

skills is also one of the key measures available to

promote their employment.



skills is one

of the key


available to

promote their


The Ohjaamotalo One-Stop Guidance Centre is a place where

young people under the age of 30 obtain information and help,

for example, with looking for work, finding income, opportunities

for study and choosing a career.

Remote teaching in Espoo

was effective for the most part

PUPILS and guardians shared their experiences of the

exceptional period of remote teaching this spring in a

survey organised by the city. The purpose of the survey

was to examine how successful remote teaching has been,

whether communication between pupils and teachers was

effective, what support pupils received, as well as good

practices and where there is room for improvement.

The pupils and guardians of Finnish-speaking schools in

Espoo assessed how effective studying remotely has been

on a scale of 0–10 (extremely poor – extremely good).

In the pupils’ responses, the average was 7.9 and in the

guardians’ responses 8.1, which shows that remote teaching

was considered to have been effective.

Of the pupils, 89 per cent said they had received sufficient

support and tuition from their teachers, while the

figure for primary school pupils was slightly higher at 94

per cent. Of the guardians, 75 per cent said their child had

received sufficient support and tuition. During the last

part of the period of remote teaching when the survey was

conducted, 87 per cent of all comprehensive school pupils

had been in daily contact with a teacher.

The effectiveness of remote teaching was charted

in early May with a survey that received responses from

7,544 guardians and 7,491 pupils from Finnish-speaking

comprehensive schools.

Espoo in

social media


Espoo – Esbo

Posts from different parts of

the city and news from various

City of Espoo actors.



Timely updates and quick

responses. Bulletins, answers to

questions and discussions.



Great moments, events and

landscapes through the eyes of

Espoo residents.


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In this section of the

magazine, we introduce

interesting sites all

Espoo residents have

free access to.

Kasavuori in Soukka

KASAVUORI in the district of Soukka is

a magnificent vantage point in Espoo,

offering an outstanding view that some

consider the best in the city. The top of

its western side is 44 metres above sea

level and offers a beautiful view over the

Gulf of Finland and the south-west coast

of the city.

You can climb to the top along the

paths starting from the bicycle lane

at the end of Soukansalmentie in the

north-east and from the end of Kasavuorenrinne

in the east. The hillside

is step-shaped in places due to the

horizontal fracturing characteristic of

granite. Along the path running on top

of the cliff there are two erratic boulders

consisting of rapakivi granite, the larger

one about one and a half metres high.

The top of the Kasavuori hill is a

nationally valuable cliff site.

Timo Porthan

From the top of

Kasavuori in Soukka,

you can admire the

magnificent view or

observe migrating


Q & A

In this section of the

magazine, we answer

the most often asked

questions received by

the city at the time the

magazine is



In the autumn, we almost drown in

slippery leaves and flooding ditches.

What are the city’s responsibilities and

which tasks belong to the owner of the


It is the property owner’s responsibility to

take care of the maintenance of the driveway to

their plot and to keep it clear of dirt, leaves, rubbish

and loose items. The owner of the property

is responsible for emptying the culvert under

the driveway from leaves and rubbish, although

other parts of ditches are taken care of by the

city’s street maintenance divisions. The city is

responsible for the maintenance of streets and

pedestrian and cycle routes.

The city’s street maintenance divisions clean

streets by brushing off fallen leaves. How quickly

the work can be done depends on the availability

of machinery and equipment and the maintenance

classification of the site in question.

The city should always be notified without

delay about any damage or problems in street

areas that pose a hazard to traffic and movement

either by contacting the Public Works

Department’s customer service online or calling

the police.


How will schoolchildren be able to

walk or cycle to school safety if the

streetlights are not on?

The city’s streetlights turn on and off according

to a solar dial. The streetlights turn on 20

minutes after sunset and off ten minutes before

sunrise. It is important to be especially careful

at dusky times like these in street areas and to

wear a reflector.

Please notify the customer services of Technical

and Environmental Services about any

problems with streetlighting. However, we do

not repair individual lamps immediately; instead,

this is done three times a year during maintenance

rounds carried out one area at a time.

Streetlights turn on

and off according

to a solar dial.



Almost 90 per cent of Espoo residents live less than

30 minutes away by public transport from the urban

centre that is the quickest to reach from their home.

Help with gamblingrelated


ACCORDING to a survey carried out by the national

Yhteispelillä! project this spring, 57 per cent of Espoo

residents gamble weekly. Of the respondents, 30 per

cent said they or a loved one have a gambling problem.

Help with gambling problems is available from the

city’s mental health and substance abuse services.

Help is also available from the national Peluuri helpline

and online services and from the Tiltti information

and support centre located at Peliklinikka in Helsinki.

Starting this autumn, Espoo residents will also be able

to seek outpatient care at Peliklinikka. Peer support

is offered in Espoo by Nimettömät Pelurit – Gamblers

Anonymous (GA) and Sosped Foundation’s Pelirajat’on

peer group.

Appointments and advice at the City of Espoo

mental health and substance abuse services, Mon-Fri

8:00−16:00, tel. 09 816 31300. espoo.fi/mielenterveys

Bees at Glims

Farmstead Museum

AFTER learning about the declining number of pollinators

in Finland, the Glims Farmstead Museum

began a collaborative experiment with a company

called Stanin Hani. Now the museum has its own pollinators

buzzing around.

The summer’s first batch of Glims Farmstead’s

own honey yielded 16 kilograms of this golden delicacy,

which will be packed into 50 honey jars, each

containing 300 grams. In future, you will be able to

buy this honey from the Glims Farmstead Museum’s

shop and the Pentala Archipelago Museum.

At the Glims Farmstead Museum, we plan to

focus on safeguarding biodiversity in nature also by

other means. We will attract wild pollinators to the

area by leaving piles of straw around for them to nest

in, allowing dandelions to grow in the spring and

protecting meadows in collaboration with the Espoo

Environment Department. We have given up using

any artificial fertilisers in the museum garden and

have replaced them with composted chicken and

sheep manure, both of which are sourced from the

museum area.

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Help with

money issues

ARE your income and expenses out of

balance? Are you falling behind with your

rent? Do you find it difficult to repay your

consumer credit? If you are concerned

about your financial situation or money

management, the Financial Clinic will help

you! Our experts will give you advice on

how to start solving your situation.

The Financial Clinic will be open to

Espoo residents every Friday from 10:00

to 14:00. To get advice, you can call the

Financial Clinic, tel. 040 639 3944, or

visit its office in Espoon keskus, Terveyskuja

2 C. As the service is anonymous,

you will not be asked for any personal


Espoo-based Stan Jas, beekeeper and owner of the

company Stanin Hani, has brought a great deal of

know-how about bee-keeping to Espoo from his home

country, the Czech Republic.


services at

health centres to

be made more


HEALTH centres’ telephone services

have been very busy in August,

and people have had to wait a long

time for a call-back. Similarly, the

HUSLAB coronavirus testing sites

have been very busy. The good

news is that there is light at the

end of the tunnel. In mid-August,

phone calls about the coronavirus

shortened by half after the preparation

of sampling referrals was made

quicker. The number of telephone

service staff has been increased,

and we are looking into the possibility

of using outsourced services in

order to clear the backlog of calls.

By the beginning of September,

we will have electronic channels

at our disposal, allowing residents

access to coronavirus tests without

a phone call. The nationwide smart

phone app Koronavilkku will also be

launched in September. It will make

it quicker for healthcare professionals

to reach people exposed

to the virus and to break chains of


We want to thank all Espoo

residents for your patience!

Espoo’s coronavirus helpline,

tel. 09 816 34600 Mon–Fri

at 7:00–18:00

Medical Helpline in the evenings

and on weekends, tel. 116 117





At the end of May, there were 22,497

unemployed people in Espoo, of whom

9,722 had been laid off.

Nearly 80 self-build plots for

detached houses via plot applications

Wilhelmina Paananen


houses in


Espoo is a trailblazer in the acquisition

of schools and day-care centres

THIS autumn, the city will organise a

self-build plot application round for

Espoo residents. This year there will be

more plots available than in previous

years – a total of 78.

The majority of the self-build plots

are located in the Kurttila residential

area for small family homes, close to

the sea and services in Saunalahti.

The application round will include 51

plots in Kurttila. The majority of them

are located in maritime Kallvik. A large

number of new buildings are planned

for Kurttila where streets are currently

being built.

23 of the plots are close to nature in

Henttaa, next to the services of Suurpelto.

The self-build plots available via

application also include three in the

popular area of Lintuvaara and one in

the new residential area of Perusmäki

in northern Espoo.

The plots range between 485 and

1,250 square metres in size, and their

permitted building volume is approximately

120–260 floor square metres.

Applicants can choose whether they

prefer to rent a plot or buy it.

More detailed information about

schedule of the plot application round

will be provided in August on the City

of Espoo’s website. The application is

based on a draw, and precedence will

be given to residents of Espoo.

THE City of Espoo has chosen project

company Kumppanuuskoulut Oy,

formed by YIT and Meridiam Investments

II, to take charge of the design,

construction, financing and 20 years of

maintenance of eight schools and daycare

centres in the city.

The City of Espoo’s new method of

acquiring schools and day-care centres

as a comprehensive service has

attracted interest worldwide because

the contract of service involved makes

it possible to apply the PPP model

(Public Private Partnership) to building


In this model, the private project

company as the service provider is

responsible for the construction and

maintenance of the buildings, freeing

the city’s valuable resources from planning

individual sites to other activities.

The majority of the risks have been

transferred to the service provider,

which means that the model encourages

the provider to keep to the schedule

and create cost-effective solutions.

At the end of the agreement period, the

buildings will be returned to the city in

good condition.

The three building projects to be

carried out first are the Pohjos-Tapiolan

koulu secondary school, the Perkkaan

koulu joint comprehensive school and

youth centre, and the Nauriskasken

koulu primary school. The aim is to

complete all three schools in 2022.

Other projects under the same model

will be built in 2021–23 and include the

Perkkaa day-care centre, Nöykkiönniitty

day-care centre, the Kilon koulu

primary school and day-care centre

and the primary school unit of of Kuitinmäen

koulu. They will provide facilities

for almost 4,000 children.

The PPP model is part of the Koulut

Kuntoon programme, which aims to

ensure healthy and safe premises for

schools and day-care centres.

Put your mark

on the future Espoo Story

THE preparation of the Espoo Story, i.e. the city’s

strategy, for the coming City Council term 2021–25

begins in August. We are collecting residents’ views

and wishes for the city’s future as the basis for

elected bodies’ work.

“It’s important for us that the voices of Espoo residents

can be heard in the Espoo Story, which is why

we invite everyone to participate in its preparation,”

says the city’s Strategy Director Jorma Valve.

“The Espoo Story has been our shared signpost in

developing our city for two council terms already. Our

strategy in the form of a story has been easy to communicate,

and people have committed admirably to

its implementation,” Valve explains.

Now is the time for you too to think about the kind

of Espoo you want to live in in the future and join us

in making it a reality. You can give your answers to My

Espoo surveys on our website at espoo.fi.

It’s important

for us that the

voices of Espoo

residents can

be heard in the

Espoo Story.



The new master plan

will cover approximately

170 square kilometres

in northern and central

Espoo – more than half

of Espoo’s land area. The

goal is to have approval

for the alteration to the

master plan by spring


Text Tiina Parikka Photos Mauri Ratilainen




Salo direct line

will have two new

stations for local

rail services: Hista

and Myntinmäki.

The development of

these areas, which

are located northwest

of Espoon

keskus, has been

taken into account

in the preparation

of the master plan.

However, the fastest

progress will

be made with the

development of the

existing centres.


for construction

A master plan directs the land use of a region

and creates the framework for town planning.

Listening to the wishes of the local residents

and other involved parties is key.

The master plan proposal for Espoo’s

northern and central parts will be

made available to the public this

autumn. It involves an extensive

change to the master plan and covers

more than half of Espoo’s land area.

The current master plan for the northern

parts of Espoo became legally valid in 1997. It

can no longer meet the challenges of the evergrowing

capital region and the changes made in


“A master plan directs land use in a planned

area, while taking into account the different

aspects of the city’s structure. Detailed plans,

for example, on the construction of residential

buildings are determined in changes made

locally to the master plan,” explains Head of

Master Plan, Essi Leino.

The master plan, in turn, is directed by the

regional plan, which takes into account the

development needs of the entire region. In the

case of Espoo, this means the capital region in


The master plan is reviewed approximately

every ten years, or more often if necessary.

The need to review it may become evident, for

example, when population growth significantly

exceeds expectations.

“The renewed master plan for central and

northern Espoo makes it possible to welcome

60,000 new residents on the area,” Leino says.

Everything is interconnected. Population

growth is not the only factor driving change.

“Intense urbanisation not only brings about

new residents, but also influences the number

of jobs and how much traffic there is. At the

same time, various trends for change have to be

taken into account in city planning,” Leino says.

These trends obviously include adapting to

and curbing climate change, but changes in how

we work are also involved.

“The coronavirus has accelerated changes

in how we work. We need to take account of the

increasing number of people who work from

home and have virtual meetings when we assess

the need for space at physical workplaces,”

Leino says.

Traffic and transport are also changing. Even

if commuter traffic decreases, people will still

travel to their hobbies and for pleasure in their

free time.

“Buying things online also increases the

amount of goods being transported – and at the

same time, reduces the need for space in shops,”

Leino says, highlighting the scope of the circumstances

affecting city planning.

Along the route of the One Hour Train.

The implementation of the One Hour Train

between Turku and Helsinki took a step forward

again this spring when the Government

and municipalities agreed to establish a project

,,Intense urbanisation

also has an effect on

the number of jobs

and how much traffic

there is in the area.

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Lake Haukkalampi is about

ten hectares in size and

known as the heart of the

Nuuksio National Park. There

are three hiking routes of different

lengths in the area of

the lake, which is located at

the border of Espoo and Vihti.

The terrain is rough in places,

but there are duckboards and

stairs to make hiking easier.

Haukanpesä Guide Hut on

the shore of the lake is one of

the most popular destinations

in the Nuuksio National

Park. In July, the rowing boats

you can rent from the Guide

Hut lured tourists from Estonia

to also take to the water.

The area’s varied birdlife

attracts birdwatchers. Vihtibased

nature photographer

Jari Kallio photographed redthroated

divers in July.



THE planned


area contains

expansive cultural

landscapes, numerous

lakes, rivers and

brooks, as well as

plenty of diverse

trails. For example,

the valley zone

surrounding River

Espoonjoki is indicated

with a specific

symbol on the map

of the local detailed

plan. A new Espoonjokilaakso

trail will

be built along the

river and the shores

of Lake Pitkäjärvi,

never leaving green


company to promote the planning process.

Espoo’s city rail link is part of this system,

although its implementation will require a

separate decision.

The Espoo–Salo direct line will have two

new stations for local rail services in Hista

and Myntinmäki, which will have their own

centres gradually built around them.

“Our goal is to have at least 90 per cent of

Espoo’s new residents along excellent public

transport connections. Obviously, this

will have an effect on the new land use plan.

Future service structures and energy solutions

will also be taken into account,” Leino


This requires a great deal of investigation.

There are changes to the component

master plans continuously under way. Some

are currently being compiled for the areas

of Kiviruukki, Finnoo, Saaristo, Bergö and

Bodö. Part one of the master plan for the

northern parts of Espoo is the largest and

oldest master plan in force.

“We are focusing a great deal of investigative

work on this region, work that has not

been done previously. Already at the draft

stage, we carried out dozens of investigations

and now at the preparation stage we have

completed about thirty more,” says Head of

Research Ritva Helminen-Halkola.

The investigations have focused, for

example, on the region’s significant natural

and cultural environment. Because it is a

large area, its different parts vary a great deal

– there are both busy commercial centres

and unbuilt areas.

“Villages and rural areas present their

own problems. We have talked to farmers,

for example, and charted the routes their

farm machines take,” says Helminen-

Halkola who has led the investigations.

Even though the needs of the future are

taken into account in the master plan, the

main focus lies on what will be needed over

the next few years. After all, the plan can be

changed according to any needs that arise as

needed. Dialogue with the parties involved is

a key part of the planning process.

“The parties involved include businesses

and entrepreneurs, various authorities, the

third sector and, last but not least, the residents,

who total about 50,000 in this region,”

says Leino.

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Espoon keskus is the constantly

renewing heart of the

city. New housing and better

services are in the pipeline

for this area, according to

the altered master plan. The

goal is to turn the former

city office buildings into a

modern urban centre and a

more comfortable place to

live and work. There are also

plans to establish a meeting

place known as Espoo House

for Espoo residents and city

personnel in the city office


The City Rail Link will further

improve public transport connections

between Espoon

keskus and the quickly

growing district of Leppävaara.

It will also support

the changes made in Kera.

The decision to implement

the urban railway line will

contribute considerably to

the sustainable development

of Espoo’s five city centres

and is an important milestone

on the journey towards zeroemission

travel. The City Rail

Link is also a prerequisite for

the One Hour Train to Turku,

because it will allow local

and long-haul trains to run on

separate tracks.



THE Viiskorpi

i area between


and Kalajärvi is

estimated to grow

into a village with

8,000 residents by

2050 and will centre

around the public

transport station.

The public transport

connection is indicated

as a light rail,

as this is the planned

outcome. However,

during the construction,

public transport

will rely on buses.

There are diverging views about the ever denser

population and housing. Dialogue with the residents

has highlighted issues that are often a concern

for Espoo residents, such as being close to nature,

opportunities for recreation and cultural viewpoints.

The Espoo Cathedral and the cultivated and

village landscapes in the valley surrounding River

Espoonjoki, as well as the areas in the vicinity of Lake

Bodom are exceptionally valuable culturally.

The new centres planned around the railway stations

of Hista and Myntinmäki are also dividing opinions.

“We are already receiving queries from various

parts of the planned area, asking when people can

hope to start building houses there, while others are

worried about the housing developments and the

effects of building them,” says Urban Planner Seija


The first development plans being implemented

are those for the existing centres, whose detailed

plans are being prepared partly simultaneously with

the changes to the master plan. Lonka reminds us

that the growth of the housing stock will safeguard the

vitality of the centres, bring more services and allow

the development of the region’s public transport.

“This growth will ensure, for example, the development

of the Kalajärvi centre’s transport services,”

Lonka says.

A long process. The preparation stage of the master

plan for the northern and central parts of Espoo has

taken exceptionally long. This is due not only to the

size of the area, but also the work done to clarify the

vision before the draft stages were begun. Seija Lonka

has been involved in the process since the beginning

in 2013.

“The draft of the plan was made available to the

public in 2018. After receiving opinions and comments

on it, we started to prepare the plan proposal.

The goal is to make it available for the public in

September or October. If no surprises arise concerning

the proposed amendments and during the rounds

of comments from various authorities, our proposal

will be processed for approval next spring,” says Head

of Master Plan Essi Leino, describing the stages of the


Master plan and component master plan procedures

may be processed in a shorter time, but it is

impossible to know in advance what kinds of questions

will arise during the process and how much time

the necessary additional investigations will take. For

up-to-date information about the planning process,

go to the city website.

Northern Espoo is one

of the most rural areas in

the city. The heavy transport

equipment needed

to care for cultivated

areas has been one of

the characteristics taken

into account in planning

the amendment to the

master plan. Landowner

Magnus Selenius has

participated in the discussion

and contributed,

for example, to issues

relating to roads with the

capacity to bear modern

farming vehicles.


Many opportunities to have your say. City residents

can submit their own suggestions and comment

on the planning while the plan is on display, for

example, by using the electronic system for submitting

forms. At the planning stage, surveys were also

directed at the region’s residents.

“It’s important to remember, though, that more

detailed decisions for each area will not be made until

work on the local detailed plan begins,” Leino says.

The growth will ensure

the development of

the Kalajärvi centre’s

transport services.

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The stages

of the master

plan amendment



• public announcement

of commencement

• preparing a participation

and assessment plan

• carrying out basic


Opinions about




• draft of the plan

• impact assessment

• statements by the


• making the draft available

to the public

Giving feedback in

a separate public

event or a reminder

in writing/online



• statements in

response to rejoinders

and opinions

• plan proposal in which the

feedback is taken into


• making the proposed plan

available to the public

Giving feedback in a

separate public event

or a reminder in




• replies to reminders

• town planning map and

report for the processing

for approval

• processing by the City

Planning Committee and

the City Board

• approval by the City Council

Right to appeal against

a decision of the

Administrative Court


at your service

In this section of the

magazine, meet employees

and close partners

of the City of Espoo.

Text Mia Weckström Photo Timo Porthan

Detective work

The coordinators of infection tracing known as Coronators

at the City of Espoo’s Infectious Diseases Unit are

working hard to take control of chains of infection.

As Coronators, it’s our job to manage

any new positive coronavirus cases

and assign the work to contact tracers

to find out who may been exposed

to the virus. We act as tutors to

the contact tracers, while they carry out the tracking.

We take care of the chain of infection from start to


Infection tracing is just like being a detective. When

we are notified that someone has tested positive for

the coronavirus, we contact the infected person and

work out the time of infection, the people they have

been in contact with and those who may have been

exposed to the virus as a result. We order

the people who have been exposed to it

into self-isolation. We keep in contact

with the quarantined, infected person

throughout their isolation. We also make

sure that those in self-isolation as a result

of exposure to the virus understand their

responsibility to contact us if they develop

any symptoms. If they do not develop

symptoms, we contact them at the end of

their self-isolation.

Coronators need to be able to react to new developments

quickly and adapt to ever-changing situations.

This has been an eye-opening and educational spring

and summer for us all. We are giving our work a hundred

per cent and keep fighting the virus together with

the public. Whenever a chain of infection breaks and

no new infections occur, we know we have succeeded.

Everything we do relies on cooperation. People in

Espoo, from residents to members of organisations,

have shown great strength in working together throughout

the pandemic and in being understanding and

following the rules. We want to thank every Espoo resident

for doing their part.”

“We have grown into

an efficient team over

a short period of time.

We energise each

other,” say Coronators

Khadra Sugulle

(left), Elina Mäntylä,

Anu Tyykilä, Jasmin

Korhonen and Anu


The Espoo


Diseases Unit has

• 10 coordinators of infection

tracing known as Coronators

• about 50 contact tracers

• 951 coronavirus infections in

Espoo (6 August 2020)

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15 In situ 16 Things to do 19 Exercise tip

Things to do

in Espoo

Culture, sports

and exercise

from September

to November.

Vermo offers

unforgettable experiences

Vermo Areena is, above all, a centre for harness racing,

but also an excellent venue for all kinds of events.

VERMO is the main trotting track in

Finland, yet there are many people who

don’t yet know about it. Over the last few

years, it has attracted more new visitors

than before.

“A lot of housing has been and is

still being built in Vermonniitty, and the

people who have moved here have found

their way to Vermo,” says Event and

Marketing Coordinator Sari Heino from

Vermo Areena.

Every Wednesday, there is a trotting

race at Vermo, but sometimes they are

also organised on the weekend. This

autumn’s grand event will take place on

the first weekend in September, offering

the Great Finnish Derby (Suuri Suomalainen

Derby) as well as the Finlandia-Ajo

race, which was postponed in the spring.

TROTTING School (Ravikoulu) is a great

place to learn horsemanship. Established

in collaboration with the Ypäjä Equine

College, the Trotting School arranges

courses on driving and caring for a horse.

It is also a great venue for bachelor and

hen parties and children’s pony birthday

parties. At birthday parties, children meet

the Trotting School’s ponies and have a

chance to ride them.

The hobby horse track was built in

autumn 2019 in collaboration with the

City of Espoo. It has artificial turf and an

obstacle course and has been hugely

popular. It attracts children also during

Vermo’s free events which typically take

place in the summer and at Shrovetide.

During these events, children can ride a

pony led by an instructor or take a ride

in a pony-led cart free of charge and see

Vermo’s large tractors.

VERMO also welcomes other events.

Although it is first and foremost a centre

for harness racing, its size makes it

perfect for many kinds of events. The

facilities lend themselves well for small

fairs, and the Konttitori flea market organised

by the Finnish Seamen’s Mission

is a long-standing summer favourite. In

connection with the trotting races, there

are also various themed evenings with

additional activities.

A few years ago, Vermo hosted a

three-day event with a distinctive stage

show every day. Over the weekend,

stand-up comedians, the Finnish band

Popeda and the Moomins took the stage

and charmed the audience.

“Harness racing is our key activity,

but we want to attract as many different

kinds of events to this area as possible,”

Heino says.

Text Maarit Krok

Miika Lähdeniemi


race stands

serve friends

of harness

racing, as well

as others.

Even a

first-time or


spectator at a

harness race

will quickly get

a taste for the


Anu Leppänen

Autumn at Vermo

• 2 Sept – 25 Nov Wednesday trotting race

• 4–5 Sept TherMidas VET Finlandia-Ajo

& Suuri Suomalainen Derby

• 17 Oct Superlauantai, Finnish

Championships, TammaChampion

• 14 Nov Kavioliiga Grand Prix


Where to go

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

You can now explore selected highlights of Espoo City Museum’s collections

also virtually. To learn about the history of Espoo at Finna go to ekm.finna.fi.

Photographs and other material are published on Finna every week.

Espoo, a different

kind of city =

Saha & Haru:

Sparks ✱


the Songs ✱

WHAT makes Espoo different?

This guided tour explores the

highlights of the Espoo region’s

history from the Stone Age to

modern day at the exhibition A

Thousand Stories about Espoo

and takes a brief look at the temporary

exhibition Bodom Ämmässuo

– Espoo in Images.

• Sun 23 Aug, Sat 29 Aug and

Sun 30 Aug at 14:00–14:30,

Exhibition Centre WeeGee

20s Garden

Party =

ON Espoo Day, we are going

to have a garden party in the

style of the 1920s for all of the

city. Enjoy this vintage garden

party while the gramophone

plays and flapper dresses swirl

around you. Live music provided

by Likka, the most beautiful

party band in the city.

• Sat 29 Aug 18:00–21:00,

Espoo Cultural Centre,

Outdoor Auditorium Amfi

MASTER folk musicians Topi

Saha and Ylva Haru combine

forces to bring you their

Kipinöitä concert tour. This

is far from a traditional joint

tour where the performers

take turns in the limelight: the

songwriters share the stage and

perform each other’s songs and

borrowed treasures together.

Free entry.

• Wed 2 Sep at 18:00–19:00,

Espoo Cultural Centre,

Main lobby

Sampo ja Rumpu

club for kids ✘

SAMPO ja Rumpu (Sampo and

the Drum) is Gallen-Kallela

Museum’s multicultural club for

families. The club offers arts and

crafts activities on Saturdays

at 13:00–15:00. September’s

theme is nature. On Saturday 5

September, we will build a forest

weaving point, on 12 September

insect hotels and on 19 September

we will do pottery.

THE intimate and atmospheric

Behind the Songs club will continue

in Sellosali with host Venla

Kokkonen, who will interview

Aki Tykki, known as the foreman

of the band Happoradio. The

singer will talk about his career

and maybe reveal some secrets

behind his texts.

• Wed 9 Sept at 19:00–21:00,

Sellosali. Tickets: lippu.fi

Iiro Rantala’s

weather report ✱

MY Finnish Calendar is a

weather report composed by

Iiro Rantala. Like Vivaldi, Rantala’s

inspiration for his new

compositions comes from the

seasons – in Finland we have at

least four of them. The 12 songs

portray the Finnish state of

mind, which is always linked to

the weather and almost always

a disappointment.

• Fri 11 Sept at 19:00–20:15,

Sellosali. Tickets: lippu.fi

Remember at least these!

Founded in 2001, Happoradio is a band

that has published seven studio albums and

one double album.

Kuin raivo äiti is an excruciatingly funny and

honest depiction of a mother’s life and a

story about a struggling overachiever.

1 2 3 4 5 6

Feeding chickens

at Glims

Come and watch

the feeding of a

native breed of

chickens at Glims

Farmstead Museum

on 25–28 August

at 10:30–11:00.

Feeding time is the

best time to find out

about the lives the

chickens lead at

Glims and the kind

of food they eat.

Be safe on the


On Wednesday

26 August at

11:00–12:00, Enter

ry association’s

peer instructor talks

about how to use

the Internet safely.

The session is held

online on the Collaborate


Link for

joining in: bit.ly/


Daytime dancing

in Sellosali

Come and join the

popular daytime

dances in the Sellosali

foyer where you

can swing and twirl

to live music every

first Tuesday of the

month. Daytime

dancing dates

and times: 1 Sept,

6 Oct and 3 Nov

at 13:30.

Free entry.

Mini disco for


On Saturday 5

September at

14:00–16:00 in

Vindängensali (Tuulikuja

6), children

dance under a

sparkling disco ball,

while colourful video

installations show

the steps. There is

also a workshop and

face painting. Free


Afternoon disco

in November

On Tuesday 17

November at

13:30–15:30 in Sellosali,

you can dance

under a glittering

disco ball, while

golden disco hits

from the 60s and

70s and legendary

Finn-hits fill the air

under the skilful

direction of

DJ Mikke.

Winter trip

in the forest

Children set the

pace of this trip in

nature on Sunday

22 November at

11:00–12:30. The

outing begins from

the Nature House’s

yard (Elfvikintie 4).

During the hike, we

will treat you to a hot

beverage. Please

bring your own mug

and packed lunch.

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The archipelago boat service

in Espoo will end on 30 August.

Pentala Archipelago Museum will

be open for the public until then.

The Villa Museum Villa Rulludd

is open on the first Sunday of

every month at 11:00–15:00.

Hannu Salama, a significant writer

within modern Finnish literature, started

collaboration with Vapaat Radikaalit in 2015.

Elmgreen & Dragset are creating a large work of

art for EMMA, alongside which the exhibition will

display some of their earlier, well-known works.

KAMU’s special exhibition, Everything and

Nothing, will open on what would have

been Kaija Siren’s 100th birthday.

They Are the

Moomins ✘

THE children’s concert Käy

Muumilaaksoon (They Are the

Moomins) is full of Moomin

songs we all know and love,

performed by Benny Törnroos.

During the concert, we play,

sing, dance and even exercise.

The atmosphere is high, and

Moomin songs fill the air and

the hearts of young and older

listeners alike.

• Sat 12 Sept at 11:00–12:00,

Kannusali. Tickets: lippu.fi

Kuin raivo

äiti ♥

KUIN raivo äiti (Raging Mother)

is a stage play written by

actress Hanna Vahtikari. It

reveals the many aspects of

motherhood in a delicious way:

the uncontrollable everyday, the

humour lurking at the margins,

the bottled-up aggression and

the love that permeates it all.

Vahtikari shares the stage with

composer and musician Marzi

Nyman who has composed the

music for the play.

• Wed 23 Sept at 19:00–20:15,

Espoo Cultural Centre,

Louhisali. Tickets: lippu.fi

Salama and ✱

Vapaat Radikaalit

AN illustrious Finnish writer of

modern literature, Hannu Salama

performs his poems together

with Hepa Halme’s band Vapaat

Radikaalit at Sellosali. Salama’s

debut novel, Se tavallinen tarina,

was published in 1961, but his

fourth novel, Juhannustanssit,

from 1964 and the sensation it

caused made Salama a household


Saxophonist, flautist and

composer Hepa Halme started

his career in the 1970s and

has had his finger in numerous

pies over the years, from blues

to punk and from groove jazz

to free improvisation. He has

had several bands which have

left their mark on the history of

Finnish music.

• Thu 24 Sept at 19:00–20:00,

Sellosali. Tickets: lippu.fi

Elmgreen &

Dragset •

THIS autumn will be the first

time that Elmgreen & Dragset’s

extensive exhibition comes to

Finland. At the same time, we

celebrate this world-famous

duo’s 25th anniversary as artists.

Elmgreen & Dragset are known

for their playful, yet regenerative

way of challenging how art is

presented and experienced.

• EMMA 26 Sept 2020

17 Jan 2021


classics ♥

FINLAND’S most popular improvisation

group Kolina performs

improvised classics at the children’s

festival Kutitus in Espoo

Cultural Centre’s Louhisali. Each

classic is based on the original

text, but since the audience has

the opportunity to influence

where the play goes, prepare

yourself for surprising twists

and dramatic subplots.

• Sat 3 Oct at 16:00–18:00,

Espoo Cultural Centre, Louhisali

Tickets: lippu.fi


of a Garden ♦

ESPOO Garden Society’s

(Espoon Puutarhayhdistys)

20th anniversary exhibition

displays the magic and diversity

of the garden. The exhibition

showcases the society members’

works of art, including a

short film Katoavat puutarhat

(Disappearing Gardens). The

Enchantment of a Garden exhibition

will be on display at the

Nature House Villa Elfvik until

Sunday 4 October at 16.00.


and Nothing •

KAMU’S special exhibition, Everything

and Nothing – Architects

Kaija + Heikki Siren is set to

open on 23 October. The exhibition

is the first one in Finland to

present a comprehensive view

of the Sirens’ architecture. The

exhibition focuses particularly

on their designs in Espoo.

• Espoo City Museum

23 Oct 2020 – 9 Jan 2022

Art by Eeva-

Leena Eklund •

EEVA-LEENA Eklund’s exhibition

continues the collaboration

between the Saastamoinen

Foundation and EMMA which

involves ordering a new work of

art every year for the foundation’s

art collection from an

interesting and relevant contemporary

artist. Eeva-Leena

Eklund brings to the exhibition

a new, large installation she has

designed to match EMMA’s

space and architecture.

• EMMA 28 Oct 2020

9 May 2021


Where to go

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

Kulttuuriespoo.fi/en is an excellent website to find plenty of information about

the events available and Espoo-based cultural actors all in one place. The

website offers tips on concerts, exhibitions, films and theatre performances.

Eeva-Leena Eklund’s paintings always have

their roots in reality and observing it.

Maija Hirvanen and Juha Valkeapää are

talented creators of performances with

long international careers.

Riitta Korpela’s fairytale character Ti-Ti

Nalle and his family have entertained

children in Finland for more than 30 years.

Ekström &

Tammi: Biblion •

SAARA Ekström and Eero

Tammi’s new video installation

Biblion (2019) will premiere

in the media space of the

Kosketus (Touch) exhibition

this autumn. Biblion examines

the book as a phenomenon

and dives into its hypnotic and

layered substance as a carrier

of ever-changing, growing and

disappearing knowledge. The

weight of the books that end

up in libraries, second-hand

bookshops, storage and landfill

sites is also the weight of our

history, as well as our heritage

– an invaluable treasure for one

person and an unnecessary

burden for another.

• EMMA 28 Oct 2020

7 Feb 2021


Coffee Break ♦

KARAMZIN’S Coffee Breaks

are a new coffee-scented and

diverse series of events for

adults. Focusing mainly on

afternoons, they offer a variety

of programmes from dance

and classic films to lectures

and music. In October, violinist

Klaara Pyrhönen and pianist

Sari Blå bring the atmospheric

classics of popular instrumental

music to the beautiful surroundings

of the Children’s Cultural

Centre Aurora. The programme

includes short, well-known

compositions by Sibelius, Kuula,

Debussy and Saint-Saëns,

among others.

• Thu 29 Oct at 14:00–16:00,

Children’s Cultural Centre

Aurora, Meijeri

Vasara ja

Nauloja ♥

VASARA ja Nauloja (Hammer and

Nails) is an in-depth peek into

musician Göstä Sundqvist’s life

and music. During the performance,

Gösta ponders on his

life: his youth, football, working

as a janitor, how he created his

songs and what’s going on in

the world – flavoured with his

distinctive humour. Gösta is

played by AJ Keskinen, a man

who looks almost identical to


• Sat 14 Nov at 19:00–21:15,

Sellosali. Tickets: lippu.fi


journey ✘


songs and rhymes among

exaggerations and flying all the

way to space. Founded in the

autumn of 2019, this eightmember

band specialising in

children’s music will take you

on an exciting musical journey,

playing the bass, accordion and

many kinds of percussion and

wind instruments along the way.

• Tue 17 Nov at 10:15–11:00,

Sellosali. Tickets: lippu.fi

Life as We

Know It ♦

TWO artists imagine six potential

directions that life could take

them. These directions are

bumps in the road coloured

by ideologies and lifestyles:

various routes where wonder

and repetition, coincidences

and choices, fiction and reality

cross paths. Life as We Know It

examines continuous change,

the future and the unexpectedness

of life. The ability to create

something new also requires

the ability to grow and renew

throughout your life. How do

we recognise change, let alone

steer it?

• Fri 20 Nov at 19:00–20:30

and Sat 21 Nov at 15:00–16:30,

Espoo Cultural Centre, Louhisali

Tickets: lippu.fi

Ti-Ti Nalle’s ✘

winter celebration

TI-TI Nalle’s family, Riitta and

their friends from the Hirsimetsä

forest put on a winter celebration

where everyone joins in

and no one sits alone. While

enjoying the songs, dances and

fascinating stories, you can

participate in the performance

as much as you want.

• Sat 21 Nov at 15:00–16:00,

Sellosali. Tickets: lippu.fi

An oriental

whisper ♦

FOUNDED last year and consisting

mostly of Syrian women

living in Finland, Haneen Suomi

is here to delight us with traditional

Arabic music. The evening

will begin with professional

Syrian singer Fardoos Helal and

continue with the entire Haneen

Suomi band. The performance

also includes fabulous belly

dancing. Haneen Suomi wants

to act as a bridge between Finnish

society and Middle Eastern

culture and be the voice of Arabic

women throughout Finland.

Sat 21 Nov at 18:00–19:30,

Kannusali. Tickets: lippu.fi

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Gym sessions

that are open for

everyone offer a

great opportunity

to train at your own


Tips for the gym

After the summer, it feels good to return to the gym – or finally

start the fitness training you’ve been planning for a long time.

Exercising in Espoo

After having a break over the summer,

a lot of people return to the gym – or

go there for the very first time. Gym

instructor Nina Laaksonen recommends

that you don’t demand too

much of yourself to begin with.

“I advise beginners or people

returning to the gym after a break to

start with a gentle programme once

a week. If you train too hard, you will

only make your muscles sore and

make it harder for yourself to come

back,” Laaksonen advises.

This autumn, the City of Espoo’s

public gym groups will be held in

the daytime. Gym classes open for

special groups, the elderly and all

adults are organised without a specific

programme; instead, everyone can

train independently. There is a gym

instructor available to advise you on

how to use the equipment, answer

your questions and give you advice if

they notice any incorrect movements.

A gym instructor will always ask a

few basic questions, especially with

beginners coming to the gym for the

first time.

“Based on any physical restrictions,

illnesses and your fitness level,

we will recommend things you can

do and what kinds of weights to use,”

Laaksonen explains.

All your information on a card. The

gym downstairs at Espoonlahti swimming

pool has HUR equipment, which

uses air pressure to create resistance.

They are able to scan directly from

your card how much resistance you

need on each device. You can buy a

HUR gym card from the cashier at the

Espoonlahti swimming hall for ten


“The card includes information

about suitable resistance based on

the user’s experience. Thanks to this

card, customers belonging to a special

group, for example, can train independently

after just a few guided rounds,”

Laaksonen explains.

Open gym classes for special

groups welcome customers of all ages

who need support in their training

due to a physical restriction. However,

customers should be able to move

independently from one device to


“Assistants are also welcome,”

Laaksonen says.

Autumn is a great time

for fitness training. The

City of Espoo offers

many types of guided


Text Tiina Parikka Photo Olli Häkämies

Open gym groups this autumn:

Espoonlahti swimming pool

Mon 10:45–11:45 Sports club +68

Mon 11:45–12:40 Open gym for special groups

Tue 11:30–12:25 Open gym for special groups

Tue 10:00–11:00 Preparing HUR cards and equipment guidance

Wed 10:30–11:25 Women’s gym class for beginners

Wed 12:00–13:00 Open gym for special groups

Wed 14:00–14:30 Sports club +68, independent

Wed 14:30–15:30 Sports club +68

Thu 14:00–14:55 Gym class for beginners

Keski-Espoo swimming pool

Tue 13:30–14:25 Open gym for special groups

Wed 13:00–14:00 Sports club +68

Kannusillanmäki sports hall (bomb shelter)

Tue 13:00–13:30 Sports club +68, independent

Tue 13:30–14:30 Sports club +68

Kalajärvi gym

Tue 12:15–12:45 Gym class for beginners

Leppävaara swimming pool

Tue 9:00–10:00 Sports club +68, independent

Tue 10:00–11:00 Sports club +68

Wed 10:15–11:00 Women’s gym class for beginners

Wed 13:00–13:55 Open gym for special groups

Järvenperä, Aurorakoti

Tue 8:30–10:30 Sports club +68, independent

Thu 10:30–11:25 Sports club for seniors and special


Leppävaara Life and Living Centre

Thu 15:45–16:40 Open gym for special groups

Fri 9:30–11:00 Gym class for beginners

Olari swimming pool

Mon 13:00–14:00 Sports club +68

Tue 15:00–15:55 Open gym for special groups

Thu 13:00–13:45 Gym class for beginners

Tapiola service centre for senior citizens

Wed 13:30–14:30 Gym class for beginners

Tuulimäki sports hall (bomb shelter)

Thu 13:30–14:30 Sports club +68

Thu 14:30–15:00 Sports club +68, independent

Changes may occur. To find out more about

our current sports selection go to espoo.fi/ohjattuliikunta

For more information, please contact our sports advice

team, tel. 09 8166 0800 Mon–Fri 12:00–13:00.


ight now

This year, we will

celebrate Espoo Day

virtually and at smallscale

get-togethers on

28–29 August.

Text Tiina Parikka Photos Eemeli Sarka


Espoo Day will be celebrated once again on 28–29 August.

This year, the event consists of small public events, remote

events and independent events organised by the public.

These city festivities bring Espoo residents together.

Come and try some circus tricks

Circus and Theatre School

Esko’s Espoo Day garden

party will be held on Friday 28

August. At the garden party,

you can try various circus

equipment. The school’s students will run

a number of theatre games and everyone is

welcome to join in.

“The idea is to relax and have fun. There

may even be some short performances to

enjoy,” says the school’s principal Terhi


The programme will continue non-stop

throughout the afternoon between 15:00–

18:00 and you can drop in whenever it suits


Classics as remote performances. Last

spring, the students of the Theatre School

had to study remotely. In early August,

they finally had a chance to get together

and record two works, which are partly

based on video rehearsals.

“Our adult group will perform Maria

Jotuni’s play Huojuva Talo. This classic

about a painful relationship and family life

won’t leave anybody cold,” Perälä says.

There will also be another performance

that is based on a classic play. In

it, students graduating from Esko perform

parts of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

“These students have already completed

their final project and have spent

the spring examining what they have

learned through this joint work,” Perälä


The remote events will include a

solo work about mental health by Aino

Granström, who is also about to graduate

from Esko. The recordings are available on

Saturday 29 August.

In addition, Circus and Theatre School

Esko’s students will delight the residents

of Espoo’s care homes for the elderly with

their circus performances on Saturday, 29




The members of Circus and Theatre School

Esko’s theatre groups met in August for their

first rehearsal together since the period of

remote teaching this spring.

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Take a peek

backstage at


After being closed for a year due to

renovation, Kannusali will open its

doors to the public on Espoo Day.

On Friday 28 August, the audience

will have a chance to see the new

premises and meet the staff. Introductory tours

organised non-stop for small groups will take

you to places where audience members seldom

get to go: backstage and the dressing rooms.

“There will also be small musical performances,

perhaps snatches of coming films and

snacks,” says Kannusali’s Operations Master

Simppu Silaste.

The actors

rehearsed putting

their soul into the

characters they

were playing by

practising their

way of walking.

On Saturday, Kannusali will reopen its cinema

activities. There will be three showings.

In future, Kannukivi will be once again

showing films on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

As well as films, Kannusali’s framework of

programmes consists of its music club and theatre


“Our new auditorium is adaptable so that

instead of sitting in a traditional sloping one,

the audience can enjoy music and dance on the

level floor like in a rock club. Theatre, stand-up

performances and films work better with the

traditional type of auditorium,” Silaste says,

happy with the results of the renovation.

Kannusali will also host other events aimed

at families.

Teatteri- ja sirkuskoulu Esko


Esko’s adult group will perform Maria Jotuni’s

play Huojuva Talo. The play will be available on

the Espoo Day (Espoo-päivä) YouTube channel.

Kannusali will launch its movie activities by showing new

French-Tunisian comedic drama Arab Blues, which won

the Audience Award at the Venice Film Festival.


Events for

all tastes

Coordinated by the city, Espoo Day has been

celebrated every year since 2008. In 2019, it

had approximately 90,000 visitors.

“Espoo Day reflects our beautiful city and

its residents perfectly. Espoo is a large city

with multiple city centres where each residential area has

a strong identity of its own. The city brings these areas

together. In the same way, there are different, personal

events in different areas and run by different actors during

Espoo Day, and the city provides larger performances that

bring us all together,” says Manager of Event and Cultural

Services Lea Rintala.

This year there will be no large events. Instead, Espoo

Day will comprise small performances and independent

and online events.

“Now more than ever we need a strong signal to show

that we are a tight-knit community. Our positive shared

activities prove that together we can pull through,”

Rintala says.

Other events where the city is the main actor include the

traditional Independence Day Gala Concert, New Year’s

celebration and Espoo Visual Festival which was organised

for the first time last year.

“These events have been more popular than we

expected. The free tickets for the Independence Day Gala

Concert always run out. The New Year’s celebration and

Espoo Visual Festival have attracted some 20,000 participants.

Feedback shows that people wish for more events

all over the city. The important thing with events is to

organise them in a place that people can get to easily,” says


Let’s make Espoo Day

a safe day for everyone

DUE to the COVID-19 pandemic, the preparations for Espoo Day

2020 have been carried out in exceptional circumstances. But

thanks to the creativity of the organisations, communities and

residents involved, we get to enjoy more than a hundred events this

year too, with many of them shown online or run as independent


Taking part in an online programme or visiting an independent

project are great ways to participate in Espoo Day. We recommend

that especially people at higher risk from coronavirus choose some

of the many fascinating online and independent events or nature

sites available on Espoo Day.

There will also be local events which will mostly take place outdoors.

In order to safeguard the health and well-being of audience

members, performers and staff, the safety instructions and recommendations

currently in force to prevent the spread of COVID-19

will be complied with in the planning and implementation of all the

events. Do not participate in any events in person if you have symptoms

and please always be considerate towards other event guests.

More than



All the events

of Espoo Day and

more detailed



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• Hattuset video concert

for children aged 0–100

(youtube.com: Espoo-päivä 2020)

• Fri 28 Aug at 18:00 Club for

Five streamed from Leppävaara

church (youtube.com:

Leppävaaran Seurakunta)

• Sat 29 Aug at 13:00–16:00 Espoon

Tanssiopisto’s electric dance steps


• Amazing Waste escape

room adventure on your mobile

device (en.actionbound.com/



• In Bärtil’s Footsteps,

event path in Kauklahti


• Orienteering with

a watch in Espoo


• Ilona Niemi:

Personae mythologicae

(Exhibition Centre WeeGee’s

building site fence, Ahertajantie 5)

• Knitted graffiti along

Leppävaaran raitti and in the

yard of the Gallen-Kallela

Museum in Tarvaspää


• Fri 28 Aug at 17:00–19:00

Ice disco for the whole family

(Espoonlahti ice stadium Forum,

Espoonlahdentie 2–4)

• Fri 28 Aug at 21.15

Outdoor screening of the film Casablanca

in the Träskända park

(Träskändanristi 2)

• Sat 29 Aug at 11:00–14:00

Höyläpenkki Pop-up in Kauklahti

(Lassen Taitotalo, Hansatie 14)

• Sat 29 Aug at 21.15 Outdoor

screening of the film Cry-Baby at Keran


(Keran Hallit, Karantie 2)

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Family coaching

went online

Eira Mäenrinta, who

is expecting her first

child, says remote family

coaching offers a great

deal of information but

not enough interaction

between the mothers.

Eira Mäenrinta met the

public health nurses

from her maternity

clinic via the Internet.

“Luckily, the coaching

was offered despite the

emergency conditions,”

says a happy Mäenrinta.

› Previously, family coaching sessions

were organised as group meetings with

six mothers attending at the same time,

while in remote coaching the groups are

larger. Everyone can bring their partner

or support person along.

Eira Mäenrinta, 25, lives in Olari

and participated in remote coaching at

the beginning of June. Her firstborn is

due in August.

“I was particularly looking forward

to meeting other mothers, but

remote coaching didn’t facilitate that,”

Mäenrinta says.

Online baby groups supplement

the need for networking. Mäenrinta

is a member of the Facebook groups

Vauva2020 (“Baby2020”) and

Elokuiset2020 (“Babies due in August


Despite her disappointment

in not meeting other

mothers, Mäenrinta is

happy that family coaching

was organised


“The coaching provided

in-depth knowledge

about the different

stages of pregnancy.

During the two

hours, we discussed

contractions, the

stages of labour and got practical advice

on when to go to the hospital to give

birth,” Mäenrinta explains.

Opportunities for interaction during

the coaching are being improved.

“In the autumn, parents will be able

to submit questions in advance,” say the

public health nurses who organised the

coaching, Laura Räisänen and Ruut

Korhonen from the Tapiola maternity


The online coaching groups have had

up to 43 participants and their support

persons, which means that the sessions

are more like lectures than interactive


“In the autumn, we will try make our

activities more interactive. We are nevertheless

happy that we have been able

to create a new way of providing coaching

in these exceptional circumstances

and have reached almost all the families

that have had a baby in the spring and

summer,” Räisänen says.

Two public health nurses from the

Aurora maternity clinic have

also been involved in providing

family coaching

online in Finnish and


This autumn,

remote coaching

is available

in all seven

greater areas

of Espoo.


The coronavirus

this spring also

necessitated new

operating models

for family services.

Text Juha Peltonen Photo Timo Porthan



Meadows are not

wasteland. Instead, they

have an ecologically and

culturally critical task

within the cityscape.

Text Mia Weckström Photos Eemeli Sarka ja iStock

Meadows are insects’ paradise

THE City of Espoo’s Nature Management

Unit has tended meadows all

over the city since the 1990s. Currently

there are almost a hundred

hectares to tend. Meadows are managed

by shredding, cutting and baling

using farm machines.

“How they are managed depends

on the meadow. We sow wildflower

seeds also on landscape fields in the

spring,” says Forester Tiina Peippo

from the Nature Management Unit.

The various meadows in Espoo

fall into four maintenance categories.

Landscape fields are fields with

wildflowers close to housing and

along roads. Landscape meadows

have scenic value or are used for

recreation. Areas and landscapes

kept open include ditch banks and

flood meadows. Valuable meadows

are traditional meadows, dry meadows,

cultural landscapes and objects

of protection.

“Meadows are important habitats

for many types of insects and pollinators.

In addition to wildflower meadows,

more natural open meadows

and grass areas are vital for many

threatened species. An open area is

not necessarily wasteland waiting to

be built on, but an important part of

the landscape that increases biodiversity,”

Peippo says.

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In addition to all kinds

of buzzing insects,

meadows also attract

butterflies. Small

tortoiseshells can be

seen fluttering by up

until October.

The Tonttumaa

meadows are covered

in glorious flowers

every summer.

Meadows offer a

diverse environment

for recreation and

variation in the

landscape between

wooded and built-up



Espoo residents

During this decade, Finnoo will be built

into a maritime residential area, making

use of local knowledge in its design.

The students of the Kaitaan lukio upper

secondary school were given the opportunity

to design a work of art for the

pedestrian underpass leading to the

metro station.

New residential area in

Finnoo will be completed

in the 2030s. Locals are

making their mark on the

overall design.

Text Eemeli Sarka Photo Timo Porthan


• Formerly known

as Suomenoja

• Located in the

districts of

Kaitaa and Nöykkiö

• Along the Länsiväylä


• One of the stations

of the West Metro

extension will be

located in the centre

of Finnoo

• A residential area that

will house 17,000


• The first new residents

will move in

in autumn 2021

Local art

The students in the art programme at the Kaitaan

lukio upper secondary school, in cooperation

with the city, designed a work of art that depicts

the bottom of the sea for the pedestrian underpass

leading to the metro station.

“The city’s values include inclusive activities, which is

why we chose to collaborate with students in a way that

supports the city’s Education Unit,” says Kimmo Leivo,

Project Leader for the Finnoo area.

The students involved are happy to have a chance to

leave their mark in the lives of the people living there.

“When a local school participates in something like this

it shows that people take an interest in this area and that

resources are being used to make it more cosy,” Robert

Söderman says.

Each area has its own identity. At the beginning of the

design phase, the students learned about the special characteristics

of the area and Finnoo’s design manual, which

steers the area’s development.

“Locals who know the area and its culture bring their

personality into the design. They are able to create a piece

that looks like them and reflects Finnoo,” Väinö Rajakallio


Despite the reforms, the Finnoo region has remained

peaceful, according to the students.

“Although there are numerous new buildings being built,

there is still a lot of forest and space to live,” Rajakallio says.

Nature and the sea are evident in the design of the area,

and since the students’ work of art was going to be located

below ground, they decided to make it about the bottom of

the sea.

The team spirit in the school’s art programme is excellent.

At the beginning of the project, the students separated

into smaller groups and each group presented one idea.

“The hardest part was condensing the different ideas

into one whole,” Söderman says.

It was difficult to conceive the enormous size of the work,

even when using model fish in true scale. The students were

also not familiar with the material.

“One of the proposals suggested using rusted steel at the

top, which would have created an atmosphere in the tunnel

that was too dark,” Anri Pähklamäe recalls.

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Taking the design view in everything

For safety reasons, cars and pedestrians

will be separated into different

levels in the area surrounding the

future Finnoo metro station. The

long walls of the early part of the

pedestrian subway are well suited

for the cooperation project, which

gave the students the opportunity

to influence their environment, while

giving them valuable work experience.

“I’m sure it was a valuable experience

for their future career to see

how the process goes and how the

customer mostly determines the

theme, size and materials of the

work,” says Project Manager Kimmo


To make the work of art as durable

as possible, the materials chosen

for it were polished stainless steel

and weathering corten steel.

Artistic design has been applied

to all the design in the area. For

example, the facades of the multistorey

car park to be built have a

boating knot theme.

“We want to include artistic

design in the buildings we will be

building. The aim is to bring pleasure

to the people living and travelling

there every day. That is the overarching

theme in Finnoo, along with

sustainable development.”

Väinö Rajakallio (left), Tomi

Ding, Marcello Säisä, Veera

Virtanen, Robert Söderman

and Anri Pähklamäe were

involved in the design of the

work of art in the pedestrian

subway of the future

Finnoo station.


Swedish in



About half of the

master plan area in

northern and central

Espoo is unbuilt. There

are long traditions for

farming in northern


Text Jenni von Frenckell Photos Mauri Ratilainen


in the


In northern and central Espoo, a

change to the city’s master plan

is well underway. The City of

Espoo has involved many actors

in the extensive planning work.

Among other things, the road

traffic needs of farmers must be

taken into account.

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Magnus Selenius

appreciates the interest

the city has shown

towards the needs of

farmers as regards the

new master plan.

The current master plan is the oldest

plan still in force in Espoo.

Measured by area, it covers a large

zone – about half of Espoo. This

means that many of Espoo’s residents

will be affected by the changes to the

master plan. Therefore, residents and stakeholders

were consulted at the preparation


One of the people who has had an active role

in the planning work is the farmer Magnus

Selenius. Selenius is an organic farmer and

landowner in northern Espoo and works with

both agriculture and forestry. He is pleased

that the landowners have been heard and

invited to participate in the planning work.

“It’s good that the city has shown an interest

in Espoo’s history. The area is of great cultural

historical value. If we want to preserve the cultural

landscape, agriculture and a new generation

of farmers are essential. We have to work

actively to ensure that we have both,” Selenius


The master plan governs land use and

must take the characteristics of the area into

account. On this occasion, the preparatory

work has been unusually demanding. This is

both because the master plan is so extensive

and because the area is so diverse and multidimensional.

The city has collected views on various

issues, such as traffic in the area. For

farmers, traffic poses concrete challenges.

Roads must be accessible to the large, modern

agricultural machinery that farmers need to

cultivate their fields. In the past, the traffic

arrangements have caused problems. Selenius

is hoping for an improvement.

“While they may look modern and nice,

cheap materials with sharp edges, traffic

islands in the middle of the roads, and steep

kerbstones are not particularly suitable for a

tractor or combine harvesters. I hope to see

routes and traffic solutions that take various

needs into account. With a little planning and

good will, it’s possible to find solutions that

work for everyone,” Selenius believes.

The process of renewing the master plan

started back in 2013. The City Council is

responsible for the final approval of the proposal.

I hope to

see routes

and traffic


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30 Espoon kaupungin lehti asukkaille

Creativity blooms

in Kera Kera’s gigantic industrial area offers

space for communal urban culture.


› The former Kilo logistics centre and its outdoor

areas are about to start a new life, as they

are gradually turned into a hub for art and culture.

Behind it all is the Kera Collective that

started its activities at Keran Hallit this spring

and is run by a team of five.

“Creating a hub for urban culture in Kera has

been a long-term dream of mine. I have worked

with city events and communal urban culture

and was one of the founders of Kalasataman

Vapaakaupunki (Free City of Kalasatama). The

Kera Collective has a similar ideology,” says the

father of the idea, Jaakko Blomberg.

The activities are organised in Kera temporarily.

The Kera Collective is a combination of

urban culture, art, spending time together and

events that will mostly take place next summer.

This summer, the collective focused on art projects,

such as murals, and urban farming.

“There are about 40 shared grow boxes in

the area and anyone interested in cultivation

can rent them.”

In future, Keran Hallit will make way for the

urban city centre that this former industrial

area will become. Until then, the area offers

excellent facilities for temporary use.

The industrial halls of Keran Hallit have

more than 90,000 square metres of space.

The yard area is huge. As well as the collective,

the area currently houses sports activities and a

small brewery.

“We use the spaces that aren’t used by others.

The huge yard offers plenty of space for art

projects and later for music and events. Our

goal is to create a unique venue that people are

happy to travel to even from further afield. I

can’t wait to see Kera bloom.”

The collective’s activities are made possible

by the city’s development programme

Inspiring, Dynamic Espoo and Event and

Cultural Services, as well as the owner of the

buildings, SOK.

“We collaborate with several different parties

and create content together. We are planning

a flea market and various workshops

inside and concerts in the yard,” Blomberg


It has been a busy

summer at Keran Hallit

with good crops to show

for it. Jaakko Blomberg

is already eagerly waiting

for next summer when

various events will be

organised in the area.

New users have found

the logistics centre

that was left empty in

2018–19. Destined

for demolition at some

point in the future, the

industrial halls bring

local actors together.

Text Mia Weckström Photo Eemeli Sarka


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