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City of Joensuu

Population: 76,000 / Mayor Kari Karjalainen

Joensuu is a university town and regional centre in the Lakeland area of Finland. One third of the city’s population is less than 25 years old. We are developing a symmetric city centre which will be the future heart of travel services, living, business and recreation, all located beautifully at the river bank in the very centre of the city. Joensuu aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025!

City Programs

  • The City of Joensuu has an ambitious climate program that aims the city to be carbon neutral in 2025. The climate program has been implemented since 2010. In order to achieve the goal, Joensuu must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 60% from the level of 2012. This goal is reached by utilizing several procedures.

  • The Joensuu City Challenge is a new competition for cool and inventive ideas for the smart city that can be implemented in the Joensuu city centre. The competition is open to SMEs and other interested parties all around the world. The aim is to improve public services and to find innovative solutions for city development and eventually improve the inhabitants’ quality of life.