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Strategy and economy

Lahti city council has created the Lahti city strategy. The strategic vision for Lahti is a bold, green, international university city that solves the challenges of the future.

Lahti – Bold green city 2030

In Lahti, we make bold choices to promote smooth everyday life, well-being and entrepreneurship.

Lahti is the European Green Capital 2021 selected by the European Commission. As the leading green city, we make bold environmental choices every day together with universities, companies and our residents. We are ambitious in environmental work. We have already abandoned the use of coal and will become a carbon-neutral city by 2025. Lahti will be the first major city in Finland to achieve this.

In addition to being a green city Lahti has many other qualities that make the city a great place. Lahti is known as an international sports city with fantastic sporting facilities. In 2019, we become the newest university city in Finland offering the business world and students a lot of new development and growth opportunities.

Lahti city strategy 2030

Strategic projects 2019-2020

Lahti city strategy is implemented through five key projects.

  • City for studying

    This project aims at developing Lahti as a university city. The project enhances the attractiveness of the city amongst students and companies and increases the innovation potential of the whole city by encouraging cooperation between higher education institutions and local businesses.

  • City for sustainable transport

    This project aims at creating a strong vision for the development of a sustainable city centre. The project enhances the accessibility of the city centre services by developing improved transport solutions and by encouraging citizens to travel by foot, bike or public transport.

  • City for businesses

    This project aims at enhancing Lahti as a business-friendly city and improving the availability of skilled workforce in the region. In addition, the project includes improved planning of land use to create versatile and interesting relocation and development opportunities for businesses.

  • Lahti Palvelutori Service Centre

    This project aims at developing an innovative service centre right in the heart of the city. Lahti Palvelutori Service Centre is located in the Trio Shopping Centre and offers diverse public services for citizens and organisations accessible in one place making the life of customers smooth and easy.

  • Wellbeing of children and the young

    This project aims at improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Lahti by enhancing a regional cooperation model and implementing a regional wellbeing programme. The project includes developing new learning environments, city surroundings and playgrounds by actively involving kids and young people and hearing their feedback and ideas.

Regenerative Lahti

In addition to strategic projects, various on-going
investment schemes support the implementation of the city strategy.

  • Rantakartano Wellness Area

    Lahti is actively investing in sports, events and wellbeing facilities. A unique Rantakartano wellness area is currently under planning and will be located next to the city centre and near the Lake Vesijärvi, Kisapuisto and Sports Centre and the Sibelius Hall. The new wellness centre will include a hotel and water sports complex.

  • LAD Museum Center

    Lahti’s new art, design and poster museum, LAD, brings fine arts, design and poster design together under the same roof in the new Malski premises. Opening in 2021, the new museum will strive to hold exhibitions and events that are of interest to both national and international guests.

  • Multipurpose school buildings

    Lahti has been actively redeveloping and rebuilding its school network. There are currently various major building projects on-going. In the upcoming years children and young people in Lahti will be studying in inviting and innovative multipurpose school buildings which serve the local area as learning, hobby and culture centres.

  • VT12 Lahti Southern Ring Road

    Lahti Southern Ring Road is Finland´s largest road traffic project (275 M€). The project will ensure safer transport and create a new logistical business zone which has great connections to everywhere in the country and is only an hour away from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Vuosaari harbour. The road will be completed at the end of 2020.


The budget is a plan for the City’s operations and financial management. The budget confirms Lahti’s operational goals, financial allocations and revenue estimates for carrying out the City’s services and developing the operations. The budget also includes sections about investments, financing etc.  The budget is guided by the City Strategy.

The mayor prepares a budget proposal by October, which is based on the boards’ draft budgets and decisions by the City currently in force. The City Board processes the draft and makes its own suggestions to the Council. The City Council approves the economic plan for three years, the budget being the first year.

Implementing the budget is monitored by the City on a monthly basis, and if necessary, changes based on the monitoring and projections are made. The financial year ends in a financial statement.

Financial statements