Housing and construction

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The growth of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area is based on economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development. Major new residential areas will be developed and provided with good public transport connections, primarily on rail.

The joint land use plan for the Helsinki region combines the development principles and solutions for the regional and social structure and the transport system for the target years 2025, 2040 and 2050+. Situated between the city plan and the regional plan, the plan is a general description of the future structure of the Helsinki region, i.e. the metropolitan area: important junctions, locations for housing and workplace construction, and a transport network that links it all together

About a quarter of all residences in Finland are located in the Helsinki region. Of these, approximately 700,000 residences, one third are in detached houses and two thirds are in blocks of flats. The objective in the Helsinki region is to build approximately 12,500 new residences per year. In addition to new construction, particular attention will be paid to the condition of the existing housing stock and residential neighbourhoods. Demographic groups that require special attention with respect to housing arrangements include young people entering the housing market, students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. The Helsinki region housing strategy will be completed in conjunction with the land use plan and transport system plan in spring 2015.

The cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa apply joint criteria in the selection of residents for city rental housing.

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