MIKAELA SUNDQVIST

I am a 35-year old municipal elections candidate for the Greens in Turku. I’m a mum to a high-school-aged, football-playing son and a wife to my husband, who runs a record store. I’m also a dog owner, with an energetic and happy Norwich terrier. A Swedish-speaking Finn and proud of it! A Master of Science in Environmental Biology who gets to use her education in her work as an Environmental Advisor.

I’ve had the privilege to act as a member of the City Council during two periods. During this time, I have been able to influence as a member of the Urban Planning and Environmental Committee as well as a member of the Board if the Foundation for Commercial Education in Turku. During two periods as a City Council I have worked towards making Turku a greener city that listens to its citizens. I am eager to continue this work, as there are still many things I would like to evoke a change in! The environment, jobs and building are still pinned against each other. Attitudes need to be changed, so that there would be an understanding for the fact that the key to a successful city is to combine these three. Citizen participation is not widely used and work needs to be done in order to give the residents of Turku better possibilities to participate in the development of our city.

I think we could improve Turku by creating more public spaces and by improving both the cycle network and the public transportation system. Turku should offer a safe environment for children to grow up in, an environment with lots of different, interesting activities. And we should also keep in mind that Turku is a lively student city with about 40 000 students of higher education.

Mikaela Sundqvist

I am a 35-year old municipal elections candidate for the Greens in Turku. I’m a mum to a high-school-aged, football-playing son and a wife to my husband, who runs a record store. I’m also a dog owner, with an energetic and happy Norwich terrier. A Swedish-speaking Finn and proud of it! A Master of Science in Environmental Biology who gets to use her education in her work as an Environmental Advisor.

 

I’ve had the privilege to act as a member of the City Council during two periods. During this time, I have been able to influence as a member of the Urban Planning and Environmental Committee as well as a member of the Board if the Foundation for Commercial Education in Turku. During two periods as a City Council I have worked towards making Turku a greener city that listens to its citizens. I am eager to continue this work, as there are still many things I would like to evoke a change in! The environment, jobs and building are still pinned against each other. Attitudes need to be changed, so that there would be an understanding for the fact that the key to a successful city is to combine these three. Citizen participation is not widely used and work needs to be done in order to give the residents of Turku better possibilities to participate in the development of our city.

I think we could improve Turku by creating more public spaces and by improving both the cycle network and the public transportation system. Turku should offer a safe environment for children to grow up in, an environment with lots of different, interesting activities. And we should also keep in mind that Turku is a lively student city with about 40 000 students of higher education.