The University of Helsinki registered the domain name in the year 1987. The University of Helsinki has not been willing to assign the right of ownership of the domain name to the City of Helsinki.

The City of Helsinki registered the domain name in the year 1994. This name is a serious problem for the findability of the City website. Almost all other cities in Finland have the name of the city as their domain name, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is one of the few exceptions.

The name has no meaning in the Finnish language and it is difficult to connect the name with the City. Therefore many visitors and residents of Helsinki accidentally go to the pages of the University of Helsinki, when looking for information about the City.

The University has consented to put some information about the City to, but this has only further distracted the visitors and residents. The website contains only links in three languages to direct visitors to the information and services located at the domain (about 50 000 web pages and over 200 eServices and forms in six languages). Visitors who only read the pages will not find these services.

The new gTLD domain .helsinki will solve the problems described above. It will improve the findability of the City web pages and help both visitors and residents to find the extensive services provided by the City.
Jovenet Consulting,
Aug 3, 2016, 8:27 AM