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New Lahti Strategy


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Lahti, like other municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region, struggles with the economic difficulties brought on by the global recession. Still, in Lahti, it is considered important to plan ahead and to allocate resources to activities that strengthen the city in the long run.

Planning the life after the recession, the Lahti City Council agreed on a new city strategy on 1 June 2009. The Lahti Strategy 2025 is an essential leadership instrument for the City Council. It defines the operating principles, the vision to the year 2025 and the strategic objectives and success factors that create a path to the vision. A complementary implementation plan that presents the essential strategic measures, responsibilities, and the long-term target levels for indicators is now being prepared.
The vision, expressed in the strategy, is to be a vital, attractive, and environment-focused city. Six strategic long-term objectives were chosen to guide Lahti into the envisioned direction. These are the objectives to be a vital, growing city, to meet the conditions for residents' well-being through concentration on core tasks, to have an unprejudiced, multicultural urban community, to be a pioneer in sustainable development, to keep the finances of the city balanced in long-term and to attract skilled, professional personnel who have willingness to develop. Lahti will profile itself as a leading'city of environment.'

The implementation of the strategy has already started in many areas. Lahti and its affiliates will decrease the overall energy consumption and gradually switch to using renewable energy. Also, energy efficiency in housing and public buildings is promoted. New comprehensive urban plan promoting pedestrian traffic, public transport and urban regeneration is underway. New opportunities to sustainable land use planning on regional level are gained through the municipal merger process that started this autumn. Developing the CleanTech cluster and research is ongoing as a joint effort of public organisations, companies and research institutions. All aforementioned developments will help Lahti to reach its ambitious goal to halve the greenhouse gas emissions from the 1990 level by 2025.

The new strategy is compatible with the Aalborg Commitments that the City Council signed in 2007. Lahti committed to a path of sustainable development. Real sustainable development demands integrated management of all areas of development. Thus, a comprehensive strategy, that is applied in all operations and development plans, is a good tool for implementing the Commitments.

sustainable development
sustainable economy
good governance

Objectives of the Good Practice

to elaborate a new strategy to be a vital, attractive, and environment-focused city

Participants of the Good Practice

Local authorities

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

Local authorities

More Details of the Good Practice

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Contact details

Mr Santtu von Bruun
Head of Strategy City of Lahti
E-mail: santtu.vonbruun@lahti.fi

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Buleltin 2/2009