Petteri Takkula is a heritage professional working for the Governing Body of Suomenlinna.
The Fortress of Suomenlinna is a historical sea fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress is one of the most popular tourist sites in Helsinki, Finland, with approximately one million visitors a year. Suomenlinna is also a city district of Helsinki and home to approximately 800 permanent residents. The Governing Body of Suomenlinna is a government agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture responsible for the restoration, maintenance,presentation, and administration of Suomenlinna.
Petteri has a background in history with a master’s degree from the University of Helsinki. He worked for years in the museum sector in Helsinki before accepting in 2013 his current position in Suomenlinna. Petteri leads a team of heritage professionals coordinating the efforts of the Site Manager organization and its various stakeholders.
Petteri has participated in and overseen the writing of Suomenlinna Management Plan (2014), Suomenlinna Sustainable Tourism Strategy (2015) and the revision of the Suomenlinna Management Plan (2019). He was also a member of the steering group for the Finnish World Heritage Strategy (2015) and its Implementation Plan (2016). Petteri was a founding member of the Nordic World Heritage Association and serves as a board member.
In all these efforts the topic of sustainability has been central. In the Finnish World Heritage Strategy sustainable development was recognized as one of the three strategic values and in the Management Plan the Sustainable Development Goals formed one of the two strategic cornerstones.