In a new building wedged between the sea and a power station in north-west Helsinki, a closely watched experiment in elderly care is taking place. A group of about 30 people aged over 60 are eating dinner at a housing development called Kotisatama, whose facilities include two saunas, a roof terrace and an exercise room for circuit training and pilates.
But there are no staff. Kotisatama is a community house in which both single elderly people and couples live together and share the chores. "The main purpose of this house is to keep us active," says 72-year-old resident Leena Vahtera, chair of the project. "This is not a nursing home."