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Futsal-pelin yleisö Monitoimitalolla. Image Ville Koskiniemi

Jyväskylä is the sports capital of Finland. The city offers a unique combination of international top sports research, business and events. We have all the expertise, skills and knowledge that are needed to organise unique and memorable events.  

Jyväskylä is an ideal location for successful sports events for the following reasons: 

  • We have a central location in Finland with good transport connections. 
  • We are a compact city where everything is nearby. 
  • We have international top research and expertise. 
  • We are good at cooperation. 
  • We are a city that also takes care of the wellbeing and exercise opportunities of its residents.
Lutakon satama ja Kuokkalan silta ilmasta kuvattuna kesällä. Image Ari Heinonen

Central location, good transport connections

Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, less than three-hours drive from Helsinki. It is also easy to arrive to Jyväskylä from everywhere in Finland by train or a car. A flight connection also exists.

A compact city where everything is nearby

In Jyväskylä, all the main event locations are in the city centre or within a short walking or cycling distance or a bus ride from it. The compact city structure ensures that moving from one place to another is quick and effortless. This benefits the athletes as well as the spectators.

Harjun kenttä ilmasta kuvattuna ja taustalla Jyväskylä. Image Suomen ilmakuva Oy


In Jyväskylä, the city centre forms the stands. This means Jyväskylä is especially well suited as a location for modern and spectator-intensive sports, where the setting can be built cost-efficiently on the existing infrastructure.

Thanks to its size and diverse facilities, Jyväskylä is also a very popular location for sports events for juniors.

International top research and expertise

KIHUn testiurheilija juoksumatolla. Image Riku Valleala


One of the best sports research centres in the world is located in Jyväskylä: The Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä has been ranked among the 10 best units in the world two years in a row (Shanghai Ranking).

And that is not all. Besides Likes, an organisation that researches the people’s exercise habits, Jyväskylä is the home of Kihu. Kihu, the Finnish top research institute of professional sports, improves the quality and effectiveness of the training of athletes and coaches in cooperation with national and international partners.

Our culture of cooperation helps you succeed

Ihmisiä pöydän ympärillä keskustelemassa. Image Tero Takalo-Eskola


The city of Jyväskylä, the sports clubs and service providers share a good team spirit and work in close cooperation. We want every event to succeed and provide the best possible experience for the athletes, spectators and partners.

We handle each sports event with excitement and kindness. Personal relations and active communication are the basis for an effortless cooperation. Whether your sports event is large or small, we will help you succeed!

The residents of Jyväskylä are the most active

Juoksijat Jyväskylän Satamassa. Image Tero Takalo-Eskola


In Jyväskylä, the excitement for sports comes from within. We focus heavily on providing each resident the opportunity to exercise and take part in sports regardless of their age or level of income. There are over 200 sports clubs and a unique neighbourhood sports sites programme operating in Jyväskylä. Read more about the sports capital!

Additional research and development services

 In Jyväskylä, you can add additional content to your sports event that you won’t find anywhere else. Internationally significant top sports research that is easily applicable to daily sports training is conducted in Jyväskylä. Read more about the unique additional professional services and book a speech or an info session for your event.

The Nordic summer ensures the best conditions for a successful performance

The climate change also impacts the organising of sports events.  In Finland, the climate is pleasantly warm in the summer, and the temperature will not disrupt or prevent the athlete’s performance. A typical temperature between +20 and +30 degrees during the day ensures the conditions are pleasant for the spectators as well as the athletes.


Would you like to know more? Feel free to contact us!

Contact information:

Marketing Manager Jaana Ruponen
p. 050 344 6496, jaana.ruponen[at]

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