The suburbs and the districts
Vantaa has options for housing and entrepreneurship. Good access routes as part of the Helsinki metropolitan area, the development of workplaces and the close proximity of services are the choice of many residential or business locations.
Multicentre network city
The city of Vantaa is located in the province of Uusimaa and is an integral part of the metropolitan area with its airfields and bicycles. The city is divided into seven major areas and 61 districts. Vantaa, with almost 220,000 inhabitants, has a multicentre structure. The largest centers are Tikkurila, which has been the administrative center of the city since 1946, and Myyrmäki, which is the center of Western Vantaa.
Growth and development along the Ring Road
Vantaa is much more than an international airport. The old Vantaa districts are concentrated in power areas and the new ones are built into distinctive areas. The ring road has enabled new residential areas such as Kivistö and Leinelä and the further development of the fastest growing business area in Finland, Aviapolis. The railroad connects the metropolis area as an international business environment that benefits all of Finland.
Homelike housing near the train stations
The centers of Vantaa, such as Myyrmäki, Martinlaakso, Korso and Koivukylä are becoming more and more urban. Station areas are developing, and new homes are coming to the track for thousands of residents. Most of the Vantaa residents live in a kilometer radius of train stations. Vantaa has in total 14 train stations.
The first place in entrepreneurship
The City of Vantaa is an agile and locally-based partner for business life. Nearly 10,000 companies operate in the city. Most jobs are in the areas of trade, transport and storage as well as in the industrial sector. The most jobs are in the Aviapolis area. At the airport there are business premises and services for companies, and on both sides of Ring Road III there is a uniform workplace band with warehouse, industrial, business and office buildings. There are several major shopping centers, such as Jumbo and Flamingo and Tammisto, Porttipuisto and Varisto-Petikko.
Close to nature
As a counterweight to the built urban area, Vantaa also has a different world: vast forest areas in Sotunki and Petikko, vast landscapes of the Vantaa and Kerava River valleys, and streams and rivers, all of which are at its best in Vantaa.
Nearly every resident has less than 500 meters to the nearest outdoor and recreational area. Vantaa has over a thousand hectares of nature conservation areas. The most famous place to go in nature is the Kuusijärvi Outdoor Area, which is the western gateway to Sipoonkorvi National Park. Lake Kuusijärvi is the only general smoke sauna in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
The development of the city began in the 1950s
The parish of Helsinki became the town of Helsinki in 1865, the rural town 1972 and the city of Vantaa 1974. However, development in the city started in the 1950s, when the first apartment buildings, the city hall and the airport were opened. Transport connections are of the utmost importance for Vantaa's development; rail, airport and several big roads.