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Research: Espoo invests in developing cultural services – extensive research project completed


The extensive EspooCult cultural policy research project has been completed. The project studied Espoo as a cultural city for over two years.

“The research project highlighted Espoo’s positive attitude to culture, which could be better utilised in urban development and cooperation between various sectors. The project provides us with tools for increasing the presence of culture in these,” says Susanna Tommila, Cultural Director of the City of Espoo.

The research project notes that culture plays an important role in many aspects of the city’s activities, such as advancing sustainable development and promoting social sustainability. Participation in art and cultural activities enhances residents’ well-being and community spirit, whose significance is increasingly highlighted as big cities grow and their population becomes more diverse.

“Through good cooperation, we can strengthen the positive impact of culture at the level of the entire city. Culture and art should play a bigger role in decision-making. The business life could also make more extensive use of the potential of culture,” Susanna Tommila says.

The City of Espoo aims to enable the involvement and participation of all residents in cultural services. The research project revealed that Espoo residents are active users of cultural services. On the other hand, there are differences in their participation in cultural activities when compared by age, gender, native language, residential area and socio-economic status.

According to Susanna Tommila, “Everyone has the right to culture, and art should play an increasingly strong role in the daily lives of all residents.”

The research project was carried out by the Center for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore).



Susanna Tommila | Cultural Director | City of Espoo | tel. +358 43 825 5074

Anna Kanerva | Researcher, Research Coordinator | Cupore | tel. +358 50 302 1414


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