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4/14/2020 2:00 PM

Lahti invites residents to give their ideas for participatory budgeting projects

How would you develop your residential area or the whole city with a budget of 100 000 euros? 
A group of dancers dancing in the street

The period to submit the proposals is between 20th of April and 15th of May

Leave your proposal here

People decide, city implements

The participatory budgeting will be carried out in three phases:

  1. brainstorming ideas
  2. co-creating ideas
  3. voting.

Residents can submit their proposals from 20th of April to 15th of May. The ideas are later developed into feasible plans in open co-creating workshops by city officials and residents. The city officials will make cost estimates for the plans. An open vote, where all residents can vote on these plans, is held in the Autumn.

The budget is divided into four equal parts for the northern, southern and eastern regions, as well as for projects for the whole city. You can explore the map by clicking here.

Project ideas are welcome on the following themes:

  • well-being
  • community
  • environment
  • exercise.

50 € gift cards to Lahti Cultural Services will be drawn among the participants. 

Before submitting your idea, please consider

  • Is your idea within the competence, area and tasks of the city? For example, a new hall in a movie theatre, a health kiosk in a shopping center or a new bicycle route on state owned land, do not fall within the city's jurisdiction.
  • Is your idea realistically feasible for the city?
  • Is your idea in line with the budget and the themes: environment, community, well-being, exercise?
  • To which city unit could the idea belong?
  • Where does your idea fit regionally?
  • Is your idea nonprofit and non-discriminating?
  • Proposals cannot be contrary to Finnish law.
  • Proposals cannot involve the recruitment of permanent staff or other permanent unsustainable maintenance costs.

You can leave as many ideas as you want. New ideas are submitted like the first proposal: by reopening the survey. By leaving the idea, you give the city the rights to develop and modify your original proposal.

More information  

Coordinators Tia Mäkinen tel. 044 769 8695 and Sanna Virta tel. 044 482 6390

If you need help with the platform technology, please contact interaction designer Henrik Saari,, tel. +358 44 416 3820.

Feel free to share your ideas in social media using #osbu #omalahti #lahti

Please note that the Lahti participatory budgeting schedule may change due to COVID-19 pandemic. Possible changes in schedule will be informed on the city website.

What is participatory budgeting?

Participatory budgeting has been implemented in various forms for more than 30 years in more than 1,500 cities or municipalities worldwide. It means operating methods where residents decide on how to use public resources. The scale may be small or large, and the methods of participation may vary, but most often, the process consists of an idea phase, a development phase and a vote. The mission of the participatory budgeting is to deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective.

Participatory budgeting in Lahti is operated in collaboration with Tampere University and LAB University of Applied Sciences project Empowering Participatory Budgeting in the Baltic Sea Region (EmPaci) #EmPaci,