City of Turku – getting the information out to all our residents

One of the most important measures in the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in Turku was to have timely and accurate information out to all the residents of Turku. A site on the City’s web platform was formed with information ready in Finnish, Swedish (Finland’s two national languages) and English: In addition, Google Translator translates the English version of the site into any national language, with a push of the button.

Altogether, over 100 languages are spoken in Turku and timely information on coronavirus is available in all of them. Also, immigrant organisations and the largest employers in the area (e.g. Meyer Turku) and Regional State Administrative Agency have been informed about the page and they have really appreciated the service.

The topics in the website include what to do if having caught the coronavirus infection, changes in the city’s services, social services and support, food aid for the economically disadvantaged, information from the Mayor, frequently asked questions, elderly, children and families, youth, and immigrants.

The Finnish Government has decided to continue the emergency law restrictions until 13 May 2020 and therefore, they will also continue in Turku. The restrictions will also be prolonged with one month in the operations of the City of Turku. This affects for example the functions of the schools, libraries and museums. The essential services of the city will be guaranteed even under the exceptional circumstances.

Turku is lighting up the Library Bridge every night in an act of support

Turku hopes to cheer up city residents and honour those in care work and other critical work by lighting up the Library Bridge crossing the river Aura in different ways each night. The bridge will be lit up every Saturday for all working heroes who take care of us now during exceptional circumstances.

The idea for lighting up different targets in the city in blue originally came from London where the London Eye, situated on the bank of river Thames, is being lit up. The City of Helsinki lights up the facade of Finlandia Hall in blue on Saturdays.

–The flag colours also honour the battle of other European countries against coronavirus. The first country we selected was our sister nation Estonia, says Director of Communications Saara Malila.

Apart from Saturdays, the bridge will be lit up in the flag colours of the following countries and nationalities: Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sami, Italy, Spanish, Greece, Germany and France.