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Exchanging experiences on work culture and innovative working methods within the “Smartinn” project between Jyväskylä and Gävle

Erik Mäki from Gävle, Sweden, worked at the Jyväskylä City Hall from 22 April to 2 May 2014. He is an information coordinator and webmaster at the city of Gävle, and was observing the work and international activities of Jyväskylä's information officers and communication specialists.

Looking for similarities and differences between Jyväskylä and Gävle

Erik Mäki says that “It was a surprise that the Jyväskylä city organization is so similar to Gävle city. But of course, when you look at it closer you'll find differences. The biggest one is that healtcare is not the Gävle city responsibility, it's its own organisation in the region.”

“I came here like searching for the “management by perkele” that I have heard so much about in Sweden. I found the management part but I have to ask where is the perkele part of it? I must say that Jyväskylä has a really lively city centre during weekends. It felt more like strolling around Strøget in Copenhagen, than in a typical Finnish city centre.”

Look for more Jyväskylä experiences on Erik’s Facebook “Erik I Jyväskylä”.

Gävlens in Jyväskylä

Eeva Östberg, a national minorities coordinator at the municipality of Gävle, worked in Jyväskylä for two weeks in April. In addition, four people from Gävle will work in Jyväskylä in May: Ann-Christie Blom at the Sivutasku day nursery, Peter Kontturi at Jyväskylän Energia, Ewa Andersson at Learning and guidance centre Onerva and Sofia Wendleman at the Oiva centre (a centre providing support for functional capability of the elderly).

Jyväskyläns in Gävle

For the city of Jyväskylä, corresponding two-week observation assignments in Gävle has been or will be taken in February-May 2014 by Susan Hellden-Paavola from the Sivutasku day nursery; Jari Salomaa, Head of Communications; Hanne Mari Laitinen, Culture Guide Coordinator; Varpu Autere, Liaison Assistant; Marjo Laine, Head of Procurement; and Social Instructor Ville Silvast.

Exchange of innovative working methods

The visits and observation assignments are part of the “Smartinn” personnel exchange project between City of Jyväskylä and Gävle municipality. The objective of the project is to distribute and develop innovative working methods.

This project has been funded with support from the Leonardo da Vinci programme and European Commission. Leonardo da Vinci is part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) 2007-2013. CIMO is the Finland’s national agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) 2007-2013. CIMO is an organisation for international mobility and cooperation.

More information

Satu Heikkinen, International Relations Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, satu.heikkinen[at]

6.5.2014Satu Heikkinen

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