Open government, transparency of public information and co-creating together with citizens and other stakeholders were appreciated in the report.

Helsinki ranked 5th in the Smart City Governance Top 50 report published in June. The report emphasizes The City of Helsinki’s ability to meet the citizens’ needs and direct smart city development via open government, transparency of public information and co-creating with citizens.

The report also notes the activities in Smart Kalasatama, the Smart District of Helsinki, which will be home for 20 000 inhabitants. As a smart and resource wise district its vision is to gain an extra hour of free time every day for its residents. Smart Kalasatama grows through co-creation and experimentation in close co-operation with stakeholders including residents, companies, city officials and academia.

Since the year 2015 Kalasatama has welcomed more than 1,800 innovation tourists who have come to study Helsinki’s model. The report was compiled using a Smart City Government Score, consisting of 10 factors: vision, leadership, budget, financial incentives, support programmes, talent readiness, people centricity, innovation ecosystem, smart policies and track record.

Helsinki also actively shares learnings among five other Finnish cities on the The Six City Strategy open innovation platform, as well as with other European cities through Horizon 2020 projects, EIT Digital, and the EIT Climate-KIC. In SynchroniCity project Helsinki’s target is also to find new smart city services around Europe and get companies to pilot them here.

The publishers of the report, Eden Strategy Institute and ONG&ONG (OXD) developed the independent ranking of the Top 50 Smart City Governments, selected from over 140 cities globally. Read the Smart City Governance Top 50 report