Climate neutral cities by 2050
The purpose of the RESPONSE-project is to create sustainable and safe cities while simultaneously improving the quality of life and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
The project aims to find out how the energy production and -consumption of cities as well as its safety, equality and affordability can be combined with the sustainability of the environment on building, block and district levels.
The project is based on interconnected energy supplies and services that promote energy sustainability.
A unique Concert Hall will be built on the Independence Square at the heart of the City Turku, by the river Aura. The Concert Hall will feature world-class acoustics and innovative design. The construction will be finished by the end of 2025.
The building will have two halls, a 1,300-seat main hall serving as a concert hall, and a 300-seat multifunctional hall.
The objective of combating noise is to provide a healthy and enjoyable environment in which noise provides as little inconvenience as possible. According to article 118 of the Environmental Protection Act of 2014, a local environmental protection official must be notified if an event causes noise that, although temporarily, impacts living and working in surrounding areas negatively. A notification must also be filed in cases where sound amplifiers are used outside during nighttime (between 10PM to 7AM).
No notification is needed for playing acoustic music in the streets.
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The city of Turku along with Japanese cities Nagano and Yokohama challenged young people to share their best climate tips through video -art.
The Föli journey planner is a public transport schedule service that utilises the real-time location data of Föli busses.
The Föli journey planner
The Föli journey planner (opens in a new window) tells you how to get from point A to point B in
- Lieto and
In addition to bus and waterbus schedules, the journey planner includes citybike stations and information on the number of bikes available at each station.
The Service Map (opens in new window) is an open information channel on the service points and services offered by the City of Turku. The Map helps the inhabitants of the municipality find current information on services offered by the city, as well as on the accessibility of the services. Using the Map, it is possible to provide feedback and engage in open conversations directly with the people in charge at the services and the service points.
The Funicular is the first outdoor inclined elevator in a Finnish city. The funicular offers unimpeded access to Kakolanmäki hill where there is no other public transport. The funicular will run between Linnankatu and Graniittilinnankatu at Linnankatu 55b.
Travelling on the funicular is free of charge and it serves passengers on weekdays from 4:30 am to 01:00 am and on weekends from 05:00 am to midnight.
The funicular has a lower station and a top station at both of which you can get on or off.
The buildings belonging to the Ruissalo estate – residential buildings and outhouses near Kansanpuisto – used to be the centre of the island until the 1840's. The main building was rebuilt in 1901, as the old main building dating back to the 1720's had burnt in a fire two years earlier. Also the outhouses were built after the fire. The garden of the estate, established in 1754, included fruit trees and plants used in the kitchen.
Nowadays, the fields of the Ruissalo estate are home to several rare and even endangered species.
During the Middle Ages, there was no permanent accommodation on the island, though it served as a location for fishing and agriculture. During the 13th century, Ruissalo came under the rule of Turku Castle. The island was kept as pasture land until the mid-16th century, when its administration was taken over by the Duke of Finland. During this period, the island served as royal housing, offering a park for hunting as well as fields to feed the inhabitants of Turku Castle. The forest was cut down to make room for crops, consisting mostly of rye.
The Saaronniemi area in Ruissalo provides opportunities for hiking, swimming, sauna bathing, barbecue, minigolf and beach volley. You can use the sauna or go swimming even in winter. Dog owners can take their pets to a dog park or to a swimming beach intended for dogs.
Café Villa Saaro serves visitors in a beautiful villa representing the Empire style. If you wish to stay overnight, you can stay in your trailer in the well-equipped camping area or indoors.
The Botanical Garden of the University of Turku is open throughout the year and has a collection of over 5.000 plant species. The garden consists of six greenhouses and an outdoor garden that is free of charge.
The Botanical Garden has a café that also serves lunch.
Do I need a permit for my advertisement?
If you want to place an advertisement on a land area that is owned by the City of Turku, you will need a permit from the city.
Permits for permanent advertisements
Permanent advertisements on city-owned land also require building and siting permits. These spots are rented for 5–10 years depending on the contract. The rent depends on the size of the advertisement. Apply for a permit with a free-form application that includes the following information:
Parking a motorcycle
The rules for parking with a motorcycle are principally the same as for cars. In parking spaces that are subject to a charge, the paid parking slip must be attached to the motorcycle. If there are more than one motorcycles in a parking space that is subject to a charge, all motorcycles must have their own parking slips. It is good to take a photo of the parking slip, so you can prove that you paid in case the slip is lost. There is no need to use the parking disk, but the same parking time limits are still valid.
Enterprise parking is used in six different areas. The areas are in the City Centre, Port Arthur, Pohjola, University Hill, and next to Samppalinna and the University Hospital. The same area division applies also to residential parking.
Terms and conditions of enterprise parking:
A holder of a disabled parking permit is allowed to park in the following places:
- separately marked disabled parking spaces
- parking prohibition areas
- parking spaces that are subject to a fee; no need to pay
- parking spaces that have a time limit; no time limit
Please note! The vehicle must not disturb the traffic.
The Road Traffic Act includes many other prohibitions and restrictions when the disabled parking permit does not entitle parking.
City plan areas
It is not permitted to work on the streets and other public areas within the city plan without a permit from the city. In this case an appropriate permit for the work must be acquired (permits for fences, digs, and/or siting).
Permits for areas outside the city plan
If the activity in question falls outside the public right of access, a permit from the landowner is needed for work in an area (such as a forest or field).
Cycling is nowadays as significant as a form of transport as public transport in Turku. The importance of walking and cycling will further stand out in the jammed urban traffic of the future. The greater portion of travelling is made on foot or by bike, the less there will be traffic jams and the better the traffic will flow. Walking and cycling do not cause greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, or noise. When the city structure is such that it is possible to travel on foot or by bike instead of cars, transport takes less space and causes less costs.
Private roads are roads that are maintained by property owners and other stakeholders of the road. The road stakeholders are responsible for participating in the building and maintenance of the road according to the benefits it provides for each stakeholder. The stakeholders of the road can organize and form a road maintenance association if there are several stakeholders and/or if the road maintenance based on the principle of consensus becomes difficult.
The City of Turku has sites available and suitable for business premises. The sites are mainly located in the precincts of Ohikulkutie (Turku bypass), Tampereentie, and the airport. The sites can be either rented or bought. A building obligation will be put on the site. The locations and prices of sites that are ready to be signed away can be found through the Turku City Map Service.
New city plans result in the formation of new single-family sites, which are assigned to customers based on application and competitive bidding rounds. The time of assignment is dependent on several factors, including the planning situation of the area and the construction schedule of municipal infrastructure. Sometimes sites are also included in an application or competitive bidding round as a result of cancelled assignments.
Sites in the City of Turku meant for corporate residential use are primarily assigned through rounds of tenders held annually in spring. The objectives of the city are that the sites would get into use quickly, the planning and construction would be high-quality, and the that the housing solutions would be adaptable and innovative.
The sites that were not assigned during the rounds of tenders are available and open or offers through the online map service.
What are single-family sites that can be assigned immediately?
Single-family sites that can be assigned immediately can be applied for around the year. The list of sites that can be assigned immediately is complemented on the first day of every month with sites that were not assigned during the previous month and sites that were withdrawn.