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Vaasa number one in the comparison research of Finnish cities
Helsingin Sanomat writes: “Vaasa’s foundation is versatile and it’s got a strong economic structure, where the industry has done well. It’s also a university and higher education city, where competence and interest is high, says development manager Janne Antikainen from MDI.”
In the research done by consulting firm MDI, Vaasa was placed the best area even on top of Helsinki and Turku. “The metropolitan area and versatile university cities are the engines of development - Vaasa and Helsinki are in the shining top” begins the announcement from MDI.
“Vaasa’s foundation is versatile and it’s got a strong economic structure, where the industry has done well. It’s also a university and higher education city, where competence and interest is high”, writes Helsingin Sanomat in their news.
A competitive and developing area
Senior planning officer Teemu Saarinen from the City Development of Vaasa summarizes the research results.
- In MDI’s publication the whole Ostrobothnian region is described as a competitive area, where the inhabitants are affluent and are living in a good living environment. The strengths in the area are the networks and ability to cooperate, the internationality, the rural areas, a sustainable development and equality.
On top of the smart specialization is the energy technology: energy efficiency, smart energy production and future electrical networks.
The following themes have been brought up in the publication as topical for the development in the City of Vaasa:
- Accessibility and logistics: particularly the Midway alignment path of logistics (from Norway through Umeå and Vaasa to Russia, a new ship between Umeå and Vaasa)
- Partnership and networks aspects in the development of the vitality
- Requirements of the international corporate world (logistics, a competent workforce, university network and looking for competence from the world)
- Bases for innovations (Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre)
- Enlivening and living in the centre (future energy efficient residential areas etc.)
The whole material can be viewed on MDI's web pages.
The TOP20 ranking of the urban areas looks as follows: