“A small city with a big feel” accurately describes Jyväskylä. The city is located in the lake district of Finland some 270 kilometres north of Helsinki. It has the advantages of a small town – it is comfortable, compact and safe – and at the same time it is a bustling modern centre of industry and education. Almost one fourth of the population of 175,000 inhabitants in the Jyväskylä region are students. The buildings designed by world-famous architect Alvar Aalto add their own flavour to the cityscape.

Surrounded by lakes, ridges and forests, Jyväskylä is a place of great natural beauty. In summer there are numerous attractive beaches in the city, and the lakes can be used for fishing all year round. In winter, there are dozens of miles of cross-country skiing tracks and slalom slopes at the winter sports centre in Laajavuori. The Hippos Sports Centre includes, for example, an indoor ice stadium, an indoor sports centre with squash courts, training halls, football pitches, tennis and badminton courts and a swimming hall – all within walking distance of the main campus.

The city hosts a variety of international sports and cultural events, such as the Neste Rally Finland, the Alvar Aalto Symposium, Graphica Creativa and the annual Jyväskylä Arts Festival. A versatile cultural programme including theatre performances, concerts by choirs, orchestras and rock bands, art exhibitions, literary matinees and handicraft events, is offered throughout the year.

During the past few years, Jyväskylä has become a centre of specialist know-how in important worldwide growth areas, such as energy, information technology, environmental technology and wellness. As one of Finland’s busiest congress cities, Jyväskylä is also developing a strong reputation as an international congress and exhibition centre.

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