Faster access to therapy? Cheaper apartments? More affordable public transport? Or something completely different? In the municipal elections this summer, we students have the chance to influence the future of our home city and thus our everyday life. To build the student city of the future, we need decision-makers who consider the promotion of student wellbeing important. Vote in advance in the municipal elections on 26 May–8 June or on the official election day 13 June to ensure that students’ voice is heard! #IStudyThereforeIVote
The municipal elections are held to elect 85 council members for the City Council, the highest decision-making body in the City of Helsinki. The council decides on financial matters in the city as well as the organisation of city administration. It also appoints the City Board and the members of committees, fills the most important positions and appoints the mayor and vice mayors.
The municipal elections are, above all, elections that represent local democracy, as the decision-makers elected in them are the ones who are closest to our everyday life. Read more about the City Council here.
Voting is the basic right of all adult citizens. Finnish citizens living in Finland as well as foreigners of age living in the country permanently have the right to vote in the municipal elections.
On election day, 13 June, everyone entitled to vote may only vote in the polling station of their own voting area. During advance voting, 26 May–8 June, you can vote on any advance polling station. At the polling station, voters must present an identity card. However, you do not need to bring the notice of voting rights with you.
You may vote in advance at home if your ability to move and function is limited to the extent that you are unable to visit an advance polling station in Finland or their polling station on election day without unreasonable difficulties.
You must register to vote at home in advance. The registration should be submitted well in advance before the due date, which is 1 June 2021 at 4 pm in the municipal elections. Registrations received after this time will not be considered.
In the municipal elections this summer, it is time to ensure that students’ voice is heard, both in the polling booths and in the next council!
The aim of the panel is to generate discussion about students for students. We have invited student candidates from the six largest political parties in the Helsinki City Council to discuss matters that are important to us students. Come and hear the answers that student candidates have to these questions – you may even find a suitable candidate for yourself!
You can watch the recording of the panel with simultaneous interpretation here!
The City of Helsinki must acknowledge the promotion of mental health as an important objective that should be reflected in the city’s operations in a cross-sectoral manner. Mental health effects must be taken into account in decision-making processes, especially those concerning students. This can be done by adopting mental health impact assessments on different levels of the decision-making structures.
The right of those suffering from mental health challenges to receive sufficient care must be reinforced by increasing resources for personnel and care in both basic and specialised health care. The number of doctors specialising in psychiatry in basic health care must be increased. Patients’ access to specialised health care must be made easier and the number of places for treatment increased. The availability of psychologist services for young people must be increased by increasing the number of psychologists at each level of education.
The availability of functional low-threshold services for young people must be ensured by adopting a therapy guarantee and reinforcing operating models that have already been proven to work, such as Mieppi. Young people should be taught mental health skills, and enforced personnel ratios that account for mental wellbeing should be created for student health care and health care provided in educational institutions. The city should further ensure sufficient resources for exchange students’ health care. Multilingualism must be taken into account in the services of the City of Helsinki.
A total of 500 new student apartments must be attained in Helsinki every year. The number of student apartments as well as their location must be taken into account in planning and plot conveyance. In addition to this, the student apartments must be constructed near campuses and good public transport connections whenever possible.
To reach the ambitious production goal for student apartments, we need efficient construction above all. This can be achieved by simplifying planning and abandoning unnecessary requirements such as the norm on parking spaces and the requirement for business premises, especially when constructing student apartments. High-rise construction should also be the goal in Helsinki so as to utilise the limited space more efficiently. The Student Union demands that during the next council term, the council boosts apartment construction, especially by making concessions to unnecessary planning requirements, and support entities operating for the public good to ensure they have decent opportunities to produce and maintain student apartments. In addition to this, we want social and affordable apartment production to be secured
Public transport should be an affordable and easily accessible mode of transport for students. The student discount in HSL’s transport must be restored to 50%, and the discount must also apply to single tickets. HSL’s student discounts must continue to cover all students who have registered for attendance.
Investments must be made in rail traffic connections in particular. The development of the Science Tram and the City Rail Loop must be actively pursued. The city must strive to increase the use of environmentally friendly rail traffic in particular. As one way of promoting this, the Student Union proposes the implementation of congestion charges, which should be supported by making significant simultaneous investments in a park-and-ride system. The City Centre campus of the University of Helsinki must be made car-free, and cycling must be promoted in campus areas and between campuses.