22 things you may not know about Jyväskylä

University of Jyväskylä

 1. A cradle of education – Jyväskylä was the first place in Finland to acquire a Finnish language grammar school, a teacher training college for primary school teachers and a school for girls. The city encourages lifelong learning.


Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola


Jyväskylän yliopisto

 2. A youthful and innovative city. Every third person is here to study. Approximately 42 000 student in total.


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 3. Finland’s seventh largest city, with a population of roughly 140 000. Population growth is among Finland’s fastest.


Photo: Suomen ilmakuva Oy



 4. Jyväskylä’s adult population in sport and physical recreation is high by national standards. Roughly, every third adult engages sport or exercise at least 4-6 times a week.


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 5. The city of world-famous architect Alvar Aalto. Around 30 buildings designed by him can be found in the Jyväskylä Region.


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Ylistö bridge

 6. Finland's City of Light. Jyväskylä already possesses over 100 permanent illuminated locations including bridges, art installations and buildings.


Photo: Atacan Ergin


Kuokkala bridge

 7. Jyväskylä – the leader in urban lighting for 20 years.


Photo: Walmari/Kalevi Korhonen



 8. Finland’s third most popular city of fairs and fourth most popular for congresses (in 2016).


Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola



 9. The first Finnish city to acquire a parkour park and the first Nordic city to acquire an indoor parkour facility.


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Tupaswilla, savusauna

10. Tupaswilla heritage village in Laukaa is home to Mahtisavusauna, a smoke sauna that was elected the 2017 Best Smoke Sauna for Corporate Hire by the International Smoke Sauna Club in 2017. Not only that, Mahtisauna is also one of the biggest smoke saunas, if not the biggest, in the world.


Photo: Tupaswilla Mahtisauna



11. Capital of Sport and physical Activity in Finland – A pioneer in sport and movement as well as a northern European centre of competence in top-class sport. It has more than 450 locations for indoor and outdoor recreation, and more than 200 sport and recreation clubs.


Photo: Keijo Penttinen


Pedestrian street

12. According to a 2016 economic survey on urban areas in Finland, Jyväskylä is the third most sought after place to move to.


Photo: Atacan Ergin


päjänne-hilden risteily

13. Situated on Finland’s second largest lake, Päijänne.


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Jyväskylän satama

14. Fifth of Jyväskylä’s total are is water, and the city has 1500 km of lake shore.


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Lake tuomiojärvi

15. In the Jyväskylä area alone, there are more than 330 lakes, and 35 maintained swimming beaches.


Photo: Atacan Ergin


Petäjävesi old church

16. Two of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Finland are in the Jyväskylä region – how cool is that!


Photo: Aki Rantala



17. Jyväskylä’s heart beats at a pond called Savilammit.


Photo: Jussi Judin



18. Jyväskylä has one meeting point better than all others: Kompassiaukio, the Compass, it is located right at the centre. “See you on the Compass!”


Photo: Atacan Ergin


Neste Oil Rally

19.  Jyväskylä hosts Finland’s largest sports event, the Neste Rally Finland, whose history dates back to 1951. It is one of the World Rally Championship rallies and often voted the best WRC rally in the world. The Neste Rally Finland attracts over 200 000 visitors to Jyväskylä and half a million along the special stages. Many famous rally drivers come from the Jyväskylä area, such as Tommi Mäkinen, Mikko Hirvonen and Juha Kankkunen.


Photo: Neste Rally, AKK Sports, Toni Ollikainen



20. For unique nature experiences aplenty, visit Vaarunvuoret, with habitats for as many as 70 endangered species, or Oravinvuori, which rises 193 metres above sea level and offers unbeatable views over Lake Päijänne.


Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola


Ismo Leikola

21. The funniest person in the world, the winner of Laugh Factory contest, Ismo Leikola comes from Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is the home of stand-up in Finland.


Ismo Leikola




 22. Sauna Heating World Championship is annually held in Jyväskylä Region. Watch the video:


Photo: Peurunka




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