6Aika – The Six City Strategy

The six largest cities in Finland have joined forces to tackle their common urban challenges. The Six City Strategy (6Aika) is implemented with cooperative projects which enable the cities to experiment in a larger context than just one city. They engage the whole urban community to create smarter and more viable cities.

Finland’s six largest cities – Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu and Turku – are home to some 30% of the population. As a result, their joint development projects are of national importance. Based on solution-oriented thematic collaboration rather than geographical region, this unique initiative boosts city co-operation to go beyond rhetoric. The aim is to create new business, know-how and jobs in Finland.

The Six City Strategy runs between 2014 and 2020 with the aim of creating new know-how, business and jobs in Finland. It is part of Finland’s structural fund programme for sustainable growth and jobs 2014–2020. It is funded by European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, the Finnish Government and the participating cities.