Helsinki by night ©Lucio José Martínez González

LUCI Annual General Meeting

Welcome words from Helsinki


I am pleased and delighted to welcome the LUCI Annual General Meeting to Helsinki. You have chosen the optimal time to visit our city.
Helsinki is expanding faster than ever before with the construction of completely new districts. For example, Kruunuvuorenranta, a residential community under development at the site of a former oil terminal, will be profiled as a neighbourhood of light.

Outdoor lighting will be an important part of this process as the City of Helsinki aims to build sustainable, safe and pleasant neighbourhoods, where people can enjoy both work and leisure. Our northern location makes the city ideal for innovative lighting schemes, following the long winter period.

In new outdoor lighting projects, we highlight the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency. Consequently, the total energy consumption of outdoor lighting in Helsinki has decreased by 25% since 1997, while the number of lighting points has increased by 19%.


I look forward to sharing experiences and best practices in this extremely interesting field and to welcoming you in Helsinki.

Mayor of Helsinki

Helsinki is a modern, urban capital city and home to around 600,000 residents. Helsinki offers a wide range of experiences throughout the year – including over 3,000 events, a maritime setting, a window into Finnish design, a dynamic food culture, intriguing neighbourhoods, layers of both classic and contemporary architecture, museums and culture, the best shopping opportunities in the country, and a vibrant nightlife.

Helsinki is also in a continual process of growth and renewal. For instance, currently whole new neighbourhoods are being built, combining nature, design and an urban lifestyle in unique ways. One of the most interesting new neighbourhoods is Kruunuvuorenranta: its distinguishing features will be its lighting and light art installations, which can be admired from downtown, from the sea and nearby islands.


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