UNESCO Cities of Design

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Helsinki is home to Finland’s design history and heritage. There are many world-renowned designers, architects and brands in the city. Finnish design is characterized by minimalism and clean lines. This style can be seen in the design of Helsinki.

Helsinki became the World Design Capital in 2012. After two years, Helsinki was announced as Unesco City of Design. Also in September 2016, the City became the first city in the world to appoint a Chief Design Officer.

Finland’s design competence stretches from individual products to public services, and the development of society as a whole. It is also evident in the high-quality urban environments. Based on this background, Helsinki has a clear vision: In an open and inclusive city, design is a key driver for the society and an important source of well-being and competitiveness.

The Design District Helsinki plays a large role in boosting Helsinki’s reputation as a city of design. It is a cluster of creative businesses and it’s a neighbourhood association that offers residents and visitors shopping, dining, accommodation and experiences. There are antique shops, fashion stores, museums, art galleries, restaurants and showrooms. Here you can find the most interesting names, classics, trend-setters and so much more.

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