Green Leaf | Greenreality

We are one of the Greenest Cities in Europe


The city of Lappeenranta won the title of the European Green Leaf Award 2021, in a competition organised by the European Commission. This year the title was given to two cities, so in addition to Lappeenranta, Gabrovo from Bulgaria won the title.

Cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants competed for the 2021 European Green Leaf Award. According to the jury, the city of Lappeenranta has made a visible commitment to developing climate work. The aim is to achieve the city’s main goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.


Main themes for 2021 in Lappeenranta:



Green electrification

Climate change


The Green Leaf title is an investment in the future. The victory will increase the city’s attractiveness and internationality, attract young people and bring vitality and new jobs. Lappeenranta  received a prize of EUR 75,000 to be used to continue green development and share good practice in Europe. The actions and events of the year of victory are also financed by the City of Lappeenranta and the Ministry of the Environment.

The opening of the year was celebrated on 31 December 2020 with the announcement of the award plate and greetings from stakeholders. The event was streamed on the Youtube channel of the City of Lappeenranta. At the same time, a light and video work depicting the green development of the city was presented. Watch the video here

Event partnership

More than 40 events and measures are planned for 2021. There are many individual events with en environmental theme. Some are self-organized and some are implemented as an event partnership.

The main events include the opening of the Green Leaf year, the Greenreality Carnival, the Sustainable Tourism Seminar, the Green Electrification Congress and the Wastewater Congress. New nature sites are planned to be implemented and a local event will also be organized for the EU Green week. The calendar of events will be updated as the dates are confirmed.

Linked to the Green Leaf year is the event partnership model already in use in the city (in Finnish). The model provides event producers with expert assistance, communicative visibility as well as financial support. The partnership is applied for on a form, after which the necessary further negotiations take place.