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Finland’s ITI – The Six City Strategy Delivering Open and Smart Services in Partnership

Heidi Vironen


This article reviews how Finland is implementing its sustainable urban development (SUD) strategy in 2014-20 as a part of ERDF Regulation Article 7 requirements, through the use of an Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI) called the ‘Six City Strategy’. The article provides a detailed analysis of the Six City Strategy, describing its development, implementation and progress, and distilling some elements of good practice and lessons learned from this unique city network approach.

Heidi Vironen is a Senior Knowledge Exchange and Research Fellow in the European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She is the Network Manager of the European Regional Policy Research Consortium (EoRPA), one of EPRC’s major research programmes. Her research focuses on the design and implementation of national regional development policies, and the implementation of Structural Funds in Finland and Sweden. In addition, she specialises in research on territorial cooperation with a particular emphasis on the Nordic countries. The views expressed in this article are personal.

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