Posted on 18. Oktober 2018



Key facts about Jyväskylä:


  • one of Finland’s top moving locations
  • 35 min by plane, 3 hours by car or train from the capital Helsinki
  • 1.500 km of lake shore, 20% of the surface is water
  • 7.900 enterprises
  • 42.000 students
  • 100 aesthetically illuminated objects or locations
  • 500 km of maintained trails for running and cross-country skiing
  • Jyväskylä is predominantly a city of industrial, commercial, ICT and other services
  • Services account for 80% of the jobs

With its population of over 141.000, Jyväskylä is a bold and appealing city located at the northern end of Finland’s second largest lake, Päijänne. Jyväskylä is the dynamic capital of Central Finland and one of Finland’s fastest growing centres of business. Our areas of expertise include ICT, defence and security solutions, bio-economy, as well as sport, physical recreation, well-being and healthcare.


Jyväskylä is well known as a lively student city with a strong sports culture. The adult population of Jyväskylä is amongst the most highly educated in Finland, and the University of Jyväskylä as well as the JAMK University of Applied Sciences rank among the best in the country.


The Jyväskylä region possesses the largest number of Alvar Aalto-designed buildings in the world, almost 30 in total. Jyväskylä is also a venue for a wide variety of events, such as e.g. the Finnish round of the World Rally Championship “Neste Rally Finland”.


Jyväskylä has four urban development platforms which bring together business and research activity. The Kangas, Hippos2020, Nova Hospital and Kukkula and City Centre 3.0 projects involve not only the city but private firms, educational institutions and research organisations.


Jyväskylä is an internationally recognized forerunner in urban lighting, generating light safety, aesthetically and an energy-efficient manner. In this resource-wise City of Light a concerted effort is being made to boost business as well people’s everyday safety. Jyväskylä is an easy place to come to and feel at home.



Twin Cities

Eskilstuna (Sweden)
Esbjerg (Denmark)
Stavanger (Norway)
Fjardabyggd (Iceland)
Jaroslavl (Russia)
Debrecen (Hungary)
Poznan (Poland)
Potsdam (Germany)
Mudanjiang (China)
Tartu Rural Municipality (Estonia)
Niiza (Japan)
Kunming (China)
Jining (China)


Metal industry (paper machinery, gears, wind turbines),
food industry


Jyväskylä participates actively in European policy-making and European projects. Through EU projects we implement the city strategy:


City of Jyväskylä has been part of the consortium e.g. in the following EU projects:


  • CIRCWASTE – Towards Circular Economy (Life+ IP, 2016-2023 )
  • Towards Smart Business Environment (National Operational Programme “Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020”/ERDF, 2016-2018)
  • Landscape of Growth (NOP/ESF, 2017-2020)
  • 5K – Developing a Cyber Secure Digital Platform for Smart City Services (NOP/ERDF, 2016-2017)
  • Jyväskylä Business Factory – From Idea to Growth (NOP/ERDF, 2014-2017)
  • Planning for Energy Efficient Cities – PLEEC (FP7, 2012-2016)
  • Creating Local Innovation in a Quadruple Helix – CLIQ (Interreg Europe, 2008-2011)


(NOP = National Operational Programme, the years refer to the implementation period)

Satu Heikkinen
International Relations Manager
+358 14 2661561