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Participatory budgeting in Oulu begins - how would you use 70,000 euros?

Participatory budgeting 2023 in Oulu begins Monday 30 January. In participatory budgeting, the residents of Oulu come up with ideas and vote to decide how to use 70,000 euros to improve the well-being of Oulu residents.

Ideas for developing your own residential area and the whole city can be proposed online on the Participate Oulu website from 30 January to 12 February.

All ideas are welcome

During the conception period, anyone can suggest an idea that would improve the attractiveness and spirit of community in Oulu. The idea can be proposed by one person or a group of people together. All ideas are welcome.

All proposed ideas can be found on the Participate Oulu website. Ideas can also be discussed during the conception period. In addition, the city responds to all ideas proposed on the site.

From ideas to voting and implementation

After the search for ideas, all feasible ideas are developed into proposals for a vote in cooperation with the experts of the city and various communities. Later in the spring, Oulu residents will vote on which proposals will be implemented. Based on the result of the voting, the city will implement the ideas that received the most votes and which fit into the budget of 70,000 euros.

Through participatory budgeting, the city of Oulu supports the implementation of urban development ideas proposed by the residents. The goal of participatory budgeting is to increase the residents’ opportunities to influence and participate and to improve the joint dialogue between the residents and the city.


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Sports and Exercise

Oulu provides a wide range of sports and exercise facilities for residents of all ages. Various facilities are located both in the centre and in different parts of the city. They are easily accessible and always within easy reach.

The City of Oulu provides – children, young people, adults and the elderly – guided activities for residents in gyms, swimming pools, and facilities mainly from September to May.

Keep fit in the city centre

The Raksila sports park is located right next to the city centre. You can swim, go the gym, practise cross-country skiing and ice skating, and play various ball games there.

National swimming and ice skating championships as well as ice hockey, bandy (jääpallo), and Finnish baseball games are organised at the various stadiums in the area.

Swimming, cross-country skiing or jogging

Locals enjoy exercising at the swimming pools, various sports facilities, jogging tracks, and cross-country skiing trails.

Designated skateboard areas are popular among the young; the most popular is the skateboard park in Hovinsuo.

The city has over 20 public beaches on the sea, the River Oulujoki and lake fronts. You can also swim in the River Oulujoki in the winter. The ice swimming hole in Tuira is very popular among ice swimmers.

Cycling gets you everywhere

Oulu is known as a cyclist-friendly city with a great cycleway network – the most extensive in Finland. Oulu residents are avid cyclists, and some cycle throughout the year. Winter cycling in extreme temperatures is what makes you an Oulu resident. Roller skaters, Nordic walkers, and joggers also use the cycleways regularly.

Active sports clubs

There are about 250 active sports clubs offering a wide range of sports for people of all ages and skills, from beginners to top athletes. The clubs organise several sports and exercise events every year. The City of Oulu cooperates closely with the clubs.

Sport Services

Postal address
PL 10, 90015 Oulun kaupunki
Telephone number
Switchboard 08 558 410
Oulu10 Service Point 08 558 558 00

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