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Social sustainability and well-being are at the heart of the city’s activities, since they are directly related to the basic services provided by Helsinki.

The theme is broad and linked in particular to the SDGs related to good health and well-being, learning, reduced inequalities and gender equality. In global terms, Helsinki is a very prosperous city, and we do not have any big challenges relating to basic health care or hunger, for example.

Our learning outcomes and education services are also of the highest quality. In particular, the challenges of the theme relate to the general increase in inequalities and well-being disparities, mental well-being, obesity, intimate partner violence and promotion of non-discrimination.

Well-being and health

The promotion of well-being and health is a joint effort by all operators, based on sustainable development, including support and activities to strengthen the resources of various population groups, to improve living conditions and other structural frameworks, and to support equal opportunities for people to manage their health and well-being.

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Helsinki wants to be the world’s most effective place to learn. The city offers high-quality and attractive early childhood education and basic education services close to the residents. An ever-growing Helsinki requires active measures and investments to ensure open, equal and high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Equality and non-discrimination

Helsinki aims to be a city built on human rights where everyone can be seen and heard and can live and participate on an equal footing without any direct or indirect discrimination. Achieving this goal requires strong commitment and continuous and determined work to promote equality and non-discrimination in the city.

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Reducing inequalities

In global terms, Helsinki is at a good level in many inequality-related issues. Nevertheless, inequalities and social exclusion are among the most serious problems in Helsinki. They are also persistent and long-lasting problems, although many of the city’s programmes and goals have aimed at reducing them for years.

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Participation means equal opportunities for participation, citizen involvement in urban planning and participatory decision-making. In global terms, participation opportunities and interaction are at a good level in Helsinki.

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Helsinki residents feel that their neighbourhood, the city centre and means of transport are safer than ever. The change has been positive for both women and men, although the experience of insecurity is still much more common for women.

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Indicators of social sustainability

Here you’ll find graphic illustrations on how social sustainability is advancing in Helsinki. You’ll find indicators by theme such as well-being and health or participation. The indicators are updated regularly as new data is collected.