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Sustainable Kaijonharju

The City of Oulu participates in The Suburb Programme 2020-2022 coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment. The objective of the programme is to achieve positive, long-term development that facilitates the residents’ well-being and the areas’ vitality. The Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment also participate in the Suburb Programme.

The Suburb Programme project in Oulu is located in Kaijonharju. The project is titled ‘Kestävä Kaijonharju – Sustainable Kaijonharju’.

Kaijontupa / Community Center 2.0

Sustainable Kaijonharju -project seeks to discuss and explore what kind of free community spaces do residents of Kaijonharju wish to have near them. Kaijontupa (located at Kalevalantie 5, Oulu) is a place for experimenting different ways to utilize spaces from a resident-oriented point of view. Welcome to generate ideas and bring them into reality! 

For now, the space is open on Tuesdays 10-16 and on Wednesdays 12-18, when it can be used freely for example for hanging out, studying, playing the piano, working or checking out development plans for the area. The center can also be booked free of charge by residents and organisations at other times by filling this form.  

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Funding available for residents’ own projects


As a part of the Sustainable Kaijonharju project we are now looking for new ideas to enhance the Kaijonharju area with the help of it’s residents. Do you or your community have an idea that would make Kaijonharju more comfortable or interesting place to live? We are looking for all kinds of ideas from organizing events to planting more trees to the neighbourhood. Tell us your idea and we will help you make it come true.


The decision about funding is made by a jury consisting of residents and officials. You can apply for funding till 1. of July 2022. If you’re interested in implementing your own project reach out via e-mail: kestavakaijonharju(at)gmail.com.

Background info

The inter-administrative project of the Suburban Programme being implemented in Kaijonharju has been named Kestävä Kaijonharju - Sustainable Kaijonharju. The basis for the implementation of the project is the outline plan of the Linnanmaa and Kaijonharju area completed in 2019. The outline plan will be implemented by urban infill, improving the environment and the local service centre, and developing the transport network.

In Kaijonharju, cooperation is strengthened between the city, residents and other local actors. Environment, facilities and activities are planned together between different actors. The aim is to enliven the district, prevent area’s decline and segregation, promote community spirit and attract new residents. Policies to promote resident participation and equality are supported and developed as part of the objective of a socially sustainable city.

The project utilizes the area’s great location between two lakes. Recreational trails by the lakes have long been at the top of the residents’ wish list. Planning of the service centre renewal will be continued. The goal is to connect the campus and commercial services at the centre better. Infill construction aims to diversify the population distribution and housing stock. The top project for housing will be ‘Lähimmäiskortteli (Neighbour Block)’ which mixes services and diverse housing located in the centre.

The most apparent measures of the suburban programme are investments and improvements in the physical environment of the area, which are supported by the Finnish Housing Finance and Development Center ARA. The project also includes several smaller measures aimed at enlivening the area, e.g. events and culture. An important part of the project is the involvement of residents in planning and development.

The project also works together with the research project of the University of Oulu called ‘New Forms of housing – Integrating, living suburbs (AsuMut)’.