Madelene Linman

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"For a prosperous and inclusive Vaasa where sustainability is in focus."

My name is Madelene Linman, and I am a 26-year-old student/entrepreneur living in Vaasa. I have been studying and working abroad but decided to return a couple of years ago, as I came to realize the many perks of living in this city. Perks that I would now like to help continue developing for others to enjoy as well!

For Vaasa to be a city where young people want to live and everyone can enjoy a good life, I want to focus on the following areas:

A strong and prosperous city center – By keeping our city center business-friendly and easy to access, we ensure that Vaasa is attractive to both inhabitants and visitors. To do this, we need to continue developing good infrastructure for biking and walking, as well as a well-functioning public transport system. For people who are visiting from further away or who are dependent upon their car to get around, we still need to be able to provide good options for parking as well.

Education and the business sector – Through active co-operation between the two, we can better match the future needs of businesses and make it easier for students to enter working life. For those who aren’t yet living in Vaasa, we need to make the opportunities available in education and the business sector easy to find and get access to. We should also aim to develop and promote the diversity we have in this area, and show that all sorts of talent can thrive in the city.

Clubs and associations – It’s important that we support the work of these and the spare time activities that they offer, as they allow for people to become part of a community and broaden their social network, regardless of who they are or what language they speak.

Sustainability and climate-smart solutions – This is an important area where I think that Vaasa should continue working to be a forerunner. Both by incorporating climate-friendly solutions in future city planning and supporting the innovative actors we have in this area, in education as well as the business sector.

Name: Madelene Linman
Year of birth: 1994
Municipality: Vaasa
Town: Vaasa
Title: Master's student/entrepreneur
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