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Jyväskylä and Tartu share an interest in wellbeing, technological expertise and resource-smart solutions

Representatives of the City of Jyväskylä, the University of Jyväskylä, the Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes and companies visited Tartu municipality, Estonia on 13-14 October, 2016, including the SPARK Demo centre. It is a business and community centre for leading experts in the region and a hub of factual information, demonstrating the products and services of different companies in a concrete way.

“What an interesting place – it would be great to discuss to have a similar centre in Jyväskylä. It offered so much in such a small setting,” said Tuulikki Väliniemi, the 2nd vice chairperson of the city council of Jyväskylä.

Shared interest in wellbeing and technological expertise

Jyväskylä's investments in sports, wellbeing and healthcare services were demonstrated to wellness companies in the Tartu region. For example, the new central hospital and the Hippos2020 centre of sport and well-being raised so much interest that the two will start investigating the matchmaking possibilities of wellness and ICT companies operating in their regions.

Resource-wise cooperation

R&D manager Pirkko Melville estimated that the resource-wise solutions of Jyväskylä's educational and research institutions and companies would also be highly applicable in Estonia. Municipalities in the Tartu and Jõgeva Counties are looking for funding to launch an extensive pilot project with Jyväskylä. At a meeting in the Estonian Ministry of the Environment, the parties discussed the possibilities to extend their partnership and to offer funding for the project.

Tartu 25 years and the Estonian National Museum

Representatives of Jyväskylä took part at the 25th anniversary reception of the municipality of Tartu at the recently completed Estonian National Museum. The celebration brought forth professionals and experts from the lively and warm-hearted Tartu. The impressive and 356-metre-long Estonian National Museum, costing EUR 75 million, has been built at a former Sovietera military airfield.

Estonian municipal reform

Currently, 80% of Estonian municipalities have less than 5,000 inhabitants. Municipalities merging voluntarily before the end of 2016 receive a state subsidy, and a total of EUR 80 million will be distributed between municipalities. The municipality of Tartu has nearly 7,000 inhabitants. Laeva, Puhja, Tahtvere and Piirisaari will voluntarily merge withTartu. After the merger, the new municipality will have nearly 14,000 inhabitants. Aivar Soop, the current Mayor of Tartu, is in the running to become the Mayor of the newly formed municipality.

More information

Pirkko Melville, R&D Manager, City of Jyväskylä, pirkko.melville[jkl].fi, phone +358 405653066
Satu Heikkinen, International Relations Manager, City of Jyväskylä, satu.heikkinen[jkl].fi, phone +358 503255110

31.10.2016Satu Heikkinen

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