This is my home city – Lahti. It is located in southern Finland in the province of Päijät-Häme. Lahti is the biggest city in the province.
12 front-runner cities and regions
10 cities and 2 regions are currently engaged in the CITIES2030. The project incorporates diverse cities and regions as stated in the below table. These 10 cities and 2 regions are called front-runners.
|10 cities and 2 regions Geography||Demography*)|
|Bremerhaven (DE), flat, temperate oceanic||1.200|
|Bruges (BE), flat, temperate oceanic||850|
|Haarlem (NL), flat, temperate oceanic||5.461|
|Iaşi (RO), uplands, humid continental||3.092|
|Quart de Poblet (ES), flat, Mediterranean,dry/hot summer||1.300|
|Murska Sobota (SI), flat, temperate oceanic||806|
|Seinäjoki (FI), flat, subarctic||44,26|
|Troodos (CY), mountainous, Mediterranean, hot semi-arid||N/ap|
|Velika Gorica (HR), flat, temperate oceanic||190|
|Vejle (DK), flat, temperate oceanic||400|
|Vicenza (IT), flat, humid subtropical||1.400|
|Vidzeme region (LV), highlands, humid continental||N/ap|
38 follower cities and regions
Cities2030’s aim is to engage a total of 50 cities by the end of the project covering a spanning diversity of scales, climates, and terrains, from continental to coastal settings. At the end of the day, Cities2030 will engage 12 front-runners and 38 followers.
Lahti locates in the province of Päijät-Häme being the biggest city in the province. The three strategic RDI target fields in the Päijät-Häme province are sports, food & drinks, and the manufacturing industry. The RDI strategy is updated in November 2021 (link)
The province’s and accordingly Lahti’s strategic orientation to focus RDI efforts too on food & drinks sounds like a good idea from Cities2030 perspective. S&L will be following the next acts in Päijät-Häme province and in Lahti waiting for an opportunity to initiate cooperation between the city of Lahti and Cities2030.