Renewed Helsinki.fi city portal opened today

Usability has been given special emphasis when designing the site.

Renewed Helsinki.fi city portal opened today Web service Helsinki.fi re-opened today. The new city portal covers all the metropolitan areas? cities Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. Helsinki.fi is maintained by University of Helsinki Communications and City of Helsinki Information Office in cooperation with a wide range of other partners and a network of content providers.

The site was renewed to answer the requirements of the both, the metropolitan area dwellers and tourists. New Helsinki.fi assists in everyday life and gives inspiration for leisure and travel planning.

- Thanks to several service integrations and extensive network of content providers, Helsinki.fi gathers up the metropolitan area in one web address. The all-round city portal offers useful information sources, current events, interesting articles and the latest news of the region. It also includes the most popular web services such as public transportation?s time schedules, Journey Planner, map and accommodation search, weather information and restaurant guide, says Digital Communications Manager and Editor-In-Chief of Helsinki.fi Mikael Alatalo from University of Helsinki.

New Internet portal serves in three languages (Finnish, Swedish and English) and it's divided in five categories being: city and region, travelling and leisure, art and culture, education and studying and science and research.

Usability has been given special emphasis when designing the web site. Helsinki.fi is the first Finnish web portal with ReadSpeaker function which enables listening the web sites' texts.

Helsinki.fi includes also advertising which is rather rare among public organisations. Advertising profits will be channelled to active editing and developing the web site.

- Helsinki.fi is a special, customer-oriented web service. Advertising suits and supports the concept. University of Helsinki and City of Helsinki web sites will remain as they are, without ads, Mikael Alatalo remarks.

Renewed city portal in www.helsinki.fi.

Text: Minna Rauhansalo
Photo: Mirja Mäenpää
28.9.2006
www.helsinki.fi/digitalcommunications


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