The battle against radicalization and extremism continues

27.04.18 | News
Skateboard i byen
Benjamin Suomela /
The City of Helsinki is to host the 2018 gathering of Nordic Safe Cities. Practitioners, politicians, civil servants and experts will meet to exchange ideas and concrete initiatives to prevent radicalization and extremism.

Helsinki is a long-standing member of the Nordic Safe Cities network and is proud to host the Nordic Safe Cities.

- Light on Life, 2018 Helsinki’s vision is to be the most functional city in the world. A key prerequisite of such a city is safety, which combined with a sense of mutual trust and togetherness lead to a liveable urban environment. Indeed, when global problems come to a head, a well-organized, reliable and predictable operational environment, based on the Nordic model, gives us a very strong competitive edge. We are happy to host this important event in Helsinki, says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori. 

The world faces substantial challenges in preventing radicalization and extremism with new attacks nourishing a fear of darkness within our societies. The annual Nordic Safe Cities Summit; Light on Life, addresses these challenges and promotes the continued effort of shining a light on how to ensure safe and resilient cities through our Nordic values.

Among the key note speakers to address the conference are Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, Belgium who was awarded 2016 world mayor, and Rebecca Skellet manager for ISD Strong Cities. The 2018 conference will focus on presenting key initiative developed by Nordic members and identify concrete ways on how you can engage and unite citizens, prevent radicalization and counter violent extremism. Together with a number of European and Nordic mayors, politicians, practitioners and leading experts, participants will identify, inspire and accelerate actions that shine a light on how to move from fear to hope and from polarization to unity.

- We look forward to working with a strong alliance of cities and strengthening the Nordic efforts to illuminate positive actions on how to make cities safer for all citizens, says Jeppe Albers, Strategic Advisor at Nordic Safe Cities.