The city of Jyväskylä is located in the lake district of Central Finland. Jyväskylä´s population growth rate is one of the highest in Finland. With the population of 137 000, City of Jyväskylä is the seventh largest city in Finland. The Jyväskylä region is easily reached by land and air: the distance of 270 kilometres from Helsinki takes only 35 minutes by plane and some 3 hours by car or by rail.
City of education
Jyväskylä is a city of education: everyfourth passer-by is a school goer or a student in Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is a school and university city with 47 000 students during the academic year, providing a diversity of educational offerings for people of all ages. The multidisciplinary University of Jyväskylä** and the JAMK University of Applied Sciences** are among Finland's leading research and educational institutions with an increasing number of international students. Jyväskylä achieved the best grade for cooperation between companies and schools in annual municipality image survey. Jyväskylä is also the forerunner in education export.
City of culture and events
Jyväskylä is home for a large variety of cultural activities such as concerts, festivals, museums and theatres. The Jyväskylä Festival**, which is the oldest on-going summer festival in Scandinavia, concentrates on non-verbal theatre. Jyväskylä is also a broad-based city of music with its own symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, as well as a children's music orchestra called Loiskis*. In Jyväskylä art as a hobby can be started even before school age and continued until a professional qualification is attained.
Jyväskylä is the second most important fair city in Finland. Every year several domestic and international congresses are held at the congress and trade fair centre Jyväskylä Paviljonki**.
Internationally Jyväskylä is perhaps best known for the architecture of Alvar Aalto** and for the world championship rally Neste Oil Rally Finland**
City of skills, competence and innovations
Jyväskylä is one of Finland's centres of growth. Special expertise can be found in the fields of paper manufacturing and paper machinery as well as energy production, environmental, information and wellness technology as well as nanotechnology.
Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd **. is a business promotion and development company owned by the four municipalities of the Jyväskylä Region. The aim of Jykes is to create a favourable business environment and to improve the co-operation between companies and the public sector.
The Agora Center** is an independent, high-standard, and interdisciplinary research institute within the University of Jyväskylä, focusing on developing human-centered information technology.
City of sports
The landscape of Jyväskylä is varied with lakes, forests and hills within a walking distance of the city centre. Jyväskylä has a wide range of possibilities for those keen on excising and sports. There are approximately 450 sports venues and 200 local sports clubs in Jyväskylä.
The Laajavuori* skiing centre and recreation area provides excellent opportunities for winter sports and other activities. Lively pedestrian precinct and beautiful university campus right in the city centre are central places for different events.
Foreign residents and international networks
There are approximately 3700 foreign residents in Jyväskylä from over 100 different countries. Russians and Estonians constitute the largest groups in the foreign community. Jyväskylä City Library is able to offer most immigrants material in their native language. Jyväskylä is a member of several international networks and has twin cities in twelve countries.
Facts about Jyväskylä:
founded in 1837
area 1171 km2
137 000 inhabitants
first class university and univeristy of applied sciences
special expertise in paper manufacturing, information technology, wellness, energy, environmental and nanotechnology