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Urban Planning Well-being Score for Good Quality Living Environment 

Well-being Score - FinEst Mid-Size Pilot - FinEst Centre for Smart Cities

About the pilot


The pilot project aims to bridge the gap between urban planners and urban residents developing a well-being score. This is an innovative method and tool integrating quantitative physiological and subjective psychological indicators for assessing environments that are not only safe and convenient, but also interesting or pleasant or vice versa to define environments that are unsafe, stressful, overstimulating, or unattractive.

The result is a visualization of well-being score (WBS) and related parameters as map layers including guidelines for interpretation and use in city planning workflow. The WBS can also be used as an input for solving climate challenges in the city planning. Increased well-being in the city, e.g. better human-environment relations, in turn, creates an overall spill-over effect contributing to secure and mentally, physically, socially, economically healthier city. Narva is the project pilot partner city where the WBS will serve as an additional input for making decisions about the improvements in their living districts to find new options for keeping and attracting citizens and investments.

The pilot project team will involve also other cities as the goal is to develop and validate a new service for the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities relevant for many cities in Europe.

The pilot program is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Research and Education.​


Videos introducing the pilot


What the pilot offers for you

How do the people feel themselves on your main square, a park or a residential district? What is increasing their mood or sense of security or vice versa what are the factors raising stress level or fair?


How to understand if the developments you are making in your city space are increasing the well-being of your citizens or vice versa?

The Well-Being Score is a tool to help you make evidence-based decisions about the development for stabilization of your city's population, and for attracting private investors into your city.

The Well-Being Score is a method which measures the physiological and psychological parameters of the inhabitants of the chosen places in your city. The urban space quality analysis information will be added. The result is a data layer visualized on your city map with well-being score parameters and guidelines for understanding and considering these in your city planning.


If you are preparing a general plan for your city or planning the development of one concrete place, then the well-being score is a good tool, which allows you to take into account the well-being of your city inhabitants and potentially increase it.

Service components from which you can choose what you need:

Value proposition for your city:


- A scientifically measured understanding of how city residents feel about important places in your city to develop your city into a better living environment

- A tool to plan the situation before and after a specific development in terms of the well-being of the city's inhabitants - the city can measure the impact of the investment on the growth of the well-being of its inhabitants and clarify it more clearly to the citizens and investors.

Pilot Leads and Partners contact


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Pilot Lead

Ivo Fridolin

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Pilot Lead

Külle Tärnov

Partner City: Narva City

Partner city's webpage for the pilot: 


Articles about the pilot
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