In the end of 2013, the Helsinki region had around 1.4 million residents, 26% of the entire country’s population. During the first decade of the 21st century, the region’s population has increased by an average of 1.1% a year. The quantitative, i.e. absolute, population growth has mostly taken place, in addition to Helsinki inner city, in the hubs of railway traffic, but population has also clearly increased in the surrounding municipalities’ centres. It is estimated that population growth will continue.
HSY is in charge of the Helsinki region housing committee’s preparation. Through the housing committee’s work, HSY produces information for preparing the regional cases concerning housing policies. The Housing Committee promotes the cooperation between the region’s municipalities and offers a discussion forum for the state and municipalities in issues of housing policy.
The central aspects in the housing committee’s work are information products based on geographic information analyses and statistics, workshops and events discussing current issues and other specialist work supporting the region’s municipalities.