Welcome to the City of Jyväskylä

New resident – Welcome to Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä invites you to come and live, study, work, visit and participate – in daily life as well as special occasions. 

The number of residents and businesses in Jyväskylä is increasing rapidly. Increase in the number of inhabitants is one of the highest among larger cities in Finland. Jyväskylä is not only a popular place to study, but also an attractive option for relocation and a supporting platform for bold ideas.

Competent and educated workforce and innovative companies are a source of pride in our city. Jyväskylä is the commercial centre of the region.  It is easy to come here, stay here and grow your roots in here.

Jyväskylä on the move

Jyväskylä is called the Capital of Sport in Finland.  No surprise as sports and wellbeing are close to a passion in Jyväskylä.  In a compact city, almost everything is but a walking distance or a bike ride away. Sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice be it world-class sports or physical exercise.

A comfortably-sized city of approximately 143,000 inhabitants is a home for happy people. Studies prove Jyväskylä to be an excellent place for bringing up children. With its high-quality residential areas and first-rate services, Jyväskylä is an attractive hometown for people of all ages.

The urban beat meets nature in Jyväskylä making a unique combination.  Magnificent nature, a wide variety of sports and other recreational opportunities and an active cultural life are available for residents and visitors alike.

Jyväskylä warmly welcomes immigrants

Students arriving in the city as immigrants, spouses moving to Finland, work-related immigrants and those who come to Finland for humanitarian reasons are all welcome. As a city, we work to better organise services and receive immigrants so that they can get work, study for a degree, avail training opportunities and find a home.

The population with an immigrant background increases from year to year. In 2018, 592 people immigrated to Jyväskylä, and 400 emigrated from the country. Since the beginning of the decade, there have been no major changes in annual immigration.

In 2018, there were a total of 4,648 foreign nationals in Jyväskylä, which is 3.3% of the total population. Largest groups of foreign nationals

  • Russians 750
  • Afghans 355
  • Estonians 276

In 2018, there were 7,124 foreign-language speakers in Jyväskylä.  Largest language groups (native speakers):

  • native speakers of Russian 1,700
  • Persian/Farsi 600
  • English 469
  • Arabic 400