Daniel Sazonov
In English

I am Daniel, a city politician and lawyer for whom Helsinki has always been home. I grew up in Malminkartano and now live in Töölö. I currently serve as the Deputy Mayor for Social Services and Health Care, and City Councillor. I chair the Social Services and Health Care committee, and I am also a member of the City Board.

My background is a prime example of the Finnish dream, where even a child of returnees from the Soviet Union can become minister’s closest colleague and negotiate the budget of Finland’s largest city. It all happens through education, hard work and seizing the opportunities that open up. As a politician, I want to defend and build a society that makes all this possible.

As a decision-maker, I always try to trust people’s abilities. I think everyone knows how to make the choices that best lead toward their own goals and dreams. I chose the National Coalition Party because it combines trust in people, responsible fiscal policies, a future-oriented approach to politics, and a solid commitment to equality of opportunity.

I think politics is all about creating positive outlooks for people and ensuring trust in the future. Everyone, regardless of where they come from, must have the chance to build a good life and pursue their dreams. The values and topics important to me are freedom, economy, environment, internationality, and education. As City Councillor, I work tirelessly to ensure these values have the role they deserve in Helsinki’s decision-making. 

I want to build a globally attractive Helsinki with a vibrant urban culture, a strong economy and the best everyday life in the world. In the last local elections, my punchline was to make Helsinki into a real European metropolis. For the past four years, we have taken steps in the right direction, and now they must continue even quicker and better.

The city’s mission is to create the best premises in the world for creativity, hard work, and new ideas to grow into jobs and well-being. Part of this is competitive taxation.

Helsinki cannot be developed with a focus only on the interests of particular groups or districts. I want to understand and promote the interests of all Helsinki’s residents.

The most important public investments are those that support new growth, education and smooth everyday life. Finland must have the best schools and kindergartens globally, and Helsinki must have the best schools and kindergartens in Finland.

Small things are sometimes big things. That is why city councillors must also find the time and means to deal with problems with street work, local sports venues, park benches, rubbish bins or traffic signs.

We have to ensure that Helsinki is vibrant and lively even after the corona pandemic. We need a vibrant city centre, strong culture scene, new event areas such as Suvilahti, and innovative business hubs that incubate new growth.

Finnish cities and Helsinki need their defenders. I want to ensure that Helsinki’s voice is heard in national decision-making. A good City Councillor must be well-networked and drive the city’s agenda shamelessly in national political forums – so do others, and Helsinki can no longer afford to be left behind. 

This is my second mandate as City Councillor and I ran for it to get things done. Opinions are worth nothing if you do not have the skill and perseverance to turn them into concrete decisions.

I also think that a good City Councillor should react and adapt to changes that occur. It is not possible to anticipate all the individual issues that will arise during a mandate period. Therefore, the City Councillor must understand the processes by which decisions are made and how and when it is most effective to influence them.

15 things that I have achieved and will continue to work on during the current term:

  1. Less bureaucracy, more urban life: events, culture, terraces and public saunas.
  2. Strict budgetary control and lower taxes.
  3. Business-friendly and international atmosphere, such as Maria 01’s startup hub.
  4. Kindergarten close to home.
  5. Faster repairs of mouldy or otherwise poorly maintained schools.
  6. More versatile language teaching that also starts earlier.
  7. Reducing Helsinki’s emissions along with other climate measures.
  8. Preserving the Terhokoti hospice. 
  9. Good local sports facilities such as fitness stairs.
  10. Equal appreciation of cars, cycling, public transport and walking.
  11. Single zone single ticket for HSL public transport.
  12. Expansion of the city bike network.
  13. Versatile and reasonably priced housing – Helsinki must accommodate both studios and detached houses.
  14. More comfortable parks: added benches, picnic spots, trash cans and restrooms.
  15. Defending Helsinki’s interests in national politics, for example, opposing the social and healthcare reform.

Read more about my opinions from Yle Election compass: Yle – Election compass – Daniel Sazonov – Helsinki – Municipal Elections 2021