City bikes will be back on the streets of Helsinki from 2 May

City bikes will be back on the streets of Helsinki from 2 May

During the 2017 city bike season, starting in May, bikes will be available to even more people.  There will be 1,400 bikes and 140 bike stations in Helsinki, within an area extending from the heart of the city to Munkkiniemi, Pasila and Kumpula. Espoo residents will be able to try out the city bike service in Matinkylä and Olari, with 10 city bike stations and 100 bikes. Read...
Digital advisory services listed on new webpages

Digital advisory services listed on new webpages

The City of Helsinki published new digital advisory pages in early April. The pages at digineuvonta.hel.fi are a central source of information on digital technology advice available from the City of Helsinki and its partners. The pages are currently in Finnish only. The pages contain instructions for the use of the digital Service Map, which shows the locations of service sites that provide assistance in the use of digital technology. The Service Map provides links to the contact information of the providers of digital advisory services and to their advisory events calendars. You can also find information on the City of Helsinki digital advisory services on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The providers of the City of Helsinki digital advisory services cross administrative boundaries. The operations are developed with close attention to the changing needs of residents. The Lasipalatsin Mediakeskus Oy media centre, a Helsinki City Group company, coordinates joint communication activities and activities to strengthen digital skills. The work is steered by a project team appointed by the City Executive...
No more on-board ticket sales on commuter trains

No more on-board ticket sales on commuter trains

No more on-board ticket sales on Helsinki region commuter trains after June 19 Helsinki region commuter train services will have new customer service model will be introduced in June. Ticket sales on commuter trains will end. Conductors will remain on trains and work in pairs. The change applies to HSL area trains and VR’s commuter trains. At the same time, VR’s commuter traffic area will be extended to Tampere.Most passengers already buy their tickets from ticket machines or use a Travel Card or mobile tickets. The share of tickets sold on trains has been steadily decreasing. Last year, the share of ticket sales on trains in VR’s commuter traffic area decreased by 40% from the previous year. To compensate for the end of ticket sales by conductors, ticket machines taking credit and debit cards will be installed at all train stations in the Helsinki Region Transport...
SPIRIT FM SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS

SPIRIT FM SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS

We are delighted to that we have been shortlisted for two awards at the 2017 Radio Gaala Awards. James Price’s Midday Run Show is in the running for Local Radio Show of the Year, while Craig Houston is in the running for Local Radio Host of the Year. Both categories were open to public voting, so we would like to take this chance to thank our brilliant listeners for taking the time to vote for James and Craig. Both, as well as everyone at the station, would like to pass on their gratitude and they are fully aware that they would not be in this position without the fantastic people who listen and contribute to their respective shows. The Radio Gaala Awards reward the very best in radio contributions throughout the year, so for two of our own to be shortlisted shows that Spirit FM is heading in the right direction. Finger crossed for the awards ceremony on the 31st of March!  ...
City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

Being a parent is not always easy, but it is comforting to know that many others grapple with the same types of difficulties. Parents do not  have to be together to be good parents, and the composition of families varies a lot. The children may, for example, only live with one parent  or in several homes as part of a reconstituted family. Notions of the baby The child grows and develops in the womb for nine months. The birth of parenthood takes at least as long. Becoming a parent is one important  transitional phase in life, which gives the chance to consider and  review one’s own thoughts and experiences and learn something new about yourself. One’s future parenthood is strongly influenced by two things:  early experiences of childhood and what kind of mental image one has of  the baby during the pregnancy. These are some of the topics you will find on the website, which is now  available in English.  ...
Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

The Winter Garden is ready for Christmas. This Helsinki attraction provides warmth and splendor for people from near and afar. Santa’s Little Helpers at the garden have prepared a Christmas oasis that is sure to delight families and people of all ages. Christmas decorations are displayed throughout the Christmas season until after Epiphany, to close on 8 January. There is a Christmas tree and candles, Santa’s Little Helpers and animals of the forest. Santa’s Little Helpers perform tricks that will bring joy to all visitors. The garden’s biggest Christmas plant is a Camellia tree, which is about to bloom. The final touch to the Christmas spirit is given by poinsettias, hyacinths, amaryllis, cacti that are at their best in November and December, and Christmas arrangements. Santa’s Little Helpers can be imagined to roam in the garden making their plans for Christmas Eve. The Christmas spirit is also created by the light of large white candles and the Christmas tree as well as by Christmas-inspired flower arrangements. The Christmas time is the Winter Garden’s high season, only equalled by Easter. The garden is one of the favourites of day care centres, families, school children and grown-ups alike – and for a reason, as the garden allows visitors to enjoy the spirit of old-time Christmas. The garden café serves sweet buns and glögg mulled wine during the holidays. Read more Helsingin Kaupunki    ...