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Twelve things you may not know about Jyväskylä

  • Jyväskylä is the cradle of education and culture in Finland: the first Finnish-language elementary school, teacher training college and girls’ school were established here.
  • A youthful and innovative city with 45,000 students and schoolchildren – that is, 25% of the population.
  • The seventh largest city in Finland, with a population of 140,000. One of the fastest growing cities in the country.
  • Finland's City of Light. Jyväskylä already possesses over 100 permanent illuminated locations including bridges, art installations and buildings.
  • The city of world-famous architect Alvar Aalto. Around 30 buildings designed by him can be found in the Jyväskylä Region.
  • The second most important location for fairs in Finland and a leading conference city.
  • The first Finnish city to acquire a parkour park and the first Nordic city to acquire an indoor parkour facility.
  • Tupaswilla in the Jyväskylä Region is home to the world’s largest smoke sauna.

  •  Trailblazer in sport and recreation. The University of Jyväskylä has the only Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences in the country. It is also home to the Research Institute for Olympic Sports. It has more than 450 locations for indoor and outdoor recreation, and more than 200 sport and recreation clubs.
  • According to a survey carried out in 2012, Jyväskylä is the second most popular destination to move to in Finland. If offers the best living environment and the second best environment for raising children.
  • One-third of Lake Päijänne, the second largest lake in Finland, is located within Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä has a lake shoreline of 1,500 kilometres and a total of 4,700 summer cottages.