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Espoo, Finland

  • City population: 
    269,500
  • City/Urban area: 
    528
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 49,678
  • Average number of years of schooling: 
    13

Creating the Espoo Story Together

Learning city initiatives play a key role in promoting the well-being and inclusion of Espoo’s citizens.

Vision and motivation

Espoo’s learning city vision is to create a positive place to live, learn, work and do business in; where its citizens can fulfil their potential and participate in developing their community. By providing learning opportunities and resources, Espoo encourages its citizens to be competent and creative residents who can succeed in an uncertain future with the help of a learning spirit.

Challenges and goals

Despite having high educational attainment, the city would like to promote:

  • Well-being and an active lifestyle
  • Inclusion and educational equity
  • Sustainability
  • Stakeholders’ involvement

Plan and implementation

The Espoo Local Development Plan for Education 2020 proposes to develop knowledge, skills and competencies that are crucial for its citizens throughout life. Providing everyone with the opportunity to learn, increasing the joy of learning, and partnership collaboration are at the core of the implementation.

A current challenge for the city is the integration of asylum seekers and the development of an inclusive educational system.

Espoo is working with various organizations on new ways to communicate, share and further develop its learning city practices. All stakeholders are committed to building a sustainable learning city and to contribute to the future of Espoo’s citizens. Together with its partners the city focuses on:

  • Encouraging an active life for all
  • Developing knowledge, skills and competencies
  • Providing educational services in a collaborative way

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