The Finnish government has decided to take part in the World Design Capital 2012 project, and sponsors the project with five million euro. Helsinki, together with the cities of Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti, has been appointed the World Design Capital 2012.
The design capital project perceives design widely and in a new way. It includes for instance applied arts, industrial design, urban planning, architecture, service development, digital contents and services, as well as strategic design meeting societal challenges.
The project also invites to develop public services through design. A significant share of the implementation is given to different projects and events.
The World Design Capital project seeks to strengthen Finnish competitiveness and export by increasing the use of design in business, by improving the networking of design companies and promoting the general development of the design industry.
– The fact that Helsinki was chosen as the world design capital gives the world a strong signal of the high quality of Finnish design expertise. I hope that the project will contribute to expanding the importance of design also to everyday services, says Minister of Economic Affairs Mauri Pekkarinen.
The World Design Capital was chosen in November 2009 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. The appointment was pursued by over 30 cities worldwide. The previous design capitals have been Torino, Italy in 2008 and Seoul, South Korea in 2010.