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Oulu to Build Model City of Sustainable Living for 20,000 Inhabitants

March 14, 2013

MIPIM, CANNES, France, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Hiukkavaara, largest City District in Northern Finland, attracts 1.8 billion Euro

The City of Oulu, the capital of Northern Scandinavia, today revealed new plans to
build a city district that will serve as a model for environmental design in the northern
hemisphere. Hiukkavaara, the Arctic Smart City, will be the largest city district to be
built in Northern Finland and the most important future construction and investment area
in Oulu. The total investment of the Hiukkavaara district amounts to 1.8 billion euros.

The new Hiukkavaara district is a model for sustainable, arctic building and living.
By the year 2035 Hiukkavaara will be a modern urban district with 20,000 people, 10,000
housing units, 1,800 workplaces and smart services for 40,000 consumers.

Hiukkavaara serves as a Living Lab for energy efficient living concepts and solutions.
The district offers premises for research, development, testing and launching of new
products and services. Hiukkavaara is designed to be human-sized.

“Hiukkavaara’s apartments, buildings, blocks, yards, streets and parks are all
designed with residents’ convenience in mind. Energy and materials are conserved, nature
is valued, and human life blends with the environment. Winter has been the starting point
for community design in Hiukkavaara and the city district will be planned taking the
weather into account,” says Matti Matinheikki, Director, Urban and Environmental Services,
City of Oulu.

Development themes of Hiukkavaara include energy efficient city living with smart
grids, alternative and renewable forms of energy, ecological water system, and centralized
waste management. Additionally, ICT services for a smart city, functional public
transportation, and safe wintertime cycling are also being researched. The district will
also include facilities for creative sector.

Meet us at MIPIM at our stand, level 1, number 13-27.

About the City of Oulu: Oulu, the Capital of Northern Scandinavia, is the logistic
center for the North, powerhouse of the northern cooperation and the largest population
center in Northern Scandinavia. It’s also Europe’s most intelligent community and the
leading ICT cluster in Northern Europe. Oulu was ranked among the top 7 finalists and the
number 1 European city out of 364 worldwide entrants in the prestigious Intelligent
Communities of the World 2012 competition.


        More information:

        Ms. Pauliina Pikkujamsa
        Director, Marketing & Communications

        City of Oulu
        Mr. Matti Matinheikki

SOURCE Aleksin Kaiku Oy

Source: PR Newswire

Topics: Oulu, Finland, Europe