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The Expat service platform pilot was launched in a networking event for expats and service providers 28 February 2013. The platform was launched in a real time video conference in Helsinki, Turku, Tallinn and Riga. The pilot launch comes as a result of the surveys and workshops which were conducted in all regions.

The internationals, public officers and non-profit organizations were brought together to develop a virtual service platform which is piloted for participatory development this year. The service platform offers useful guidelines for settling-in and easier access to existing public services and social networking activities.
New platform piloted and developed further to better serve the expats
The Expats virtual service platform is initiated by the Expat-project. It combines services of social networking and a guideline to existing public information and is open for participatory development in order to make Helsinki region international and competitive in a global economy.
The Helsinki region service platform can be found at
The platform is currently on testing phase and users are asked to give feedback what they think about it.
More information about the EXPAT project, please visit


Needs of expats in Helsinki region

Successful Helsinki region workshop – service demands rising for developers and connection improving amongst users.

On the 3rd December 2012, EXPAT project Helsinki Consortium organised an expat workshop in Helsinki city centre.  About 25 expatriates who reside in the greater Helsinki region participated in the workshop. From expat’s point of views, it was obvious that services for international knowledge workers in Helsinki are in a great demand. During the workshop, expats had great time to openly discussing and socialising.

Generally, most of expats have found life in the greater Helsinki region satisfactory. Despite the cold weather and a homogenous society in comparison to many cities in the world, Helsinki region still wins hearts of the expats who moved here. It was however clear that, finding information about social and professional connections as well as networking need to be improved.

Full analysis of the workshop in published on

EXPAT project: Innovative Services for International Talents – Easier Access to the Central Baltic Sea Region.

Pertti organised the event From Student to Entrepreneur ”Opiskelijasta yrittäjäksi” 15.11.2012 at Aalto Design Factory Otaniemi. Successful entrepreneurs presented their case stories and Learning Café offered students possibility to ask direct questions from advisors. More than hundred interested participants from University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Metropolia, Laurea, Haaga-Helia, Omnia…

Ilkka Paananen, Supercell






CEO Ilkka Paananen from the company Supercell pointed out to keep the focus, which in practical terms means e.g. to say no several times a day.  Supercell prefers rapid prototyping, so testing new ideas, but is also capable to quit unsuccesful ideas if they don’t attract users.

News story in Finnish

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