World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and INDEX: of Denmark have launched a partnership. In addition to Helsinki, the new alliance includes the cities of Copenhagen and Singapore.

INDEX: seeks to improve lives with design. The INDEX: Partner City Network works to fulfill this mission. “We very much admire the design development in these cities,” says Kigge Hvid, CEO of INDEX:, about the three new partner cities. “The collaboration will be of mutual benefit.”

Both World Design Capital (WDC) Helsinki 2012 and INDEX: see design as a way to find solutions to challenges. “Our partnership is a natural extension of our views of design,” says Pekka Timonen, Director of WDC Helsinki 2012. “We highly appreciate the efforts of INDEX:. WDC Helsinki 2012 will provide a good platform for sharing our views.”

The collaboration with INDEX: will extend to all five cities participating in the WDC Helsinki 2012 project. “The whole Helsinki metropolitan area is committed to design-led development as a source of wellbeing and competitiveness,” comments Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen. “The INDEX: Partner City Network is an excellent platform for sharing and learning from other cities and individuals.”