Smartovkas and Finest Twin Cities – How Estonia Is Creating Smart Cities

Less than a month ago the climate agreement was concluded in Paris, and it challenges both city planners and scientists to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as energy efficient and smart solutions are a big part of the deal.

As it happens, teams in Tallinn and Tartu are working on making Estonian cities smarter. In Tartu it is done by turning khrushchyovkas into smartovkas, as the University of Tartu (UT) participates in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse project SmartEnCity. The project is all about reconstructing cities into smart energy-efficient communities.


At the same time, a two-hour drive away, the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) is busy with joining Tallinn and Helsinki who are to become the finest twin cities, as the Smart TwinCity project FINEST Twins is being developed. With this project, TUT’s Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance and Finland’s Aalto University have reached the second round of teaming top science centres, which is an EU measure for providing countries with centres of excellence.

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