Espoo is the second largest and fastest growing city in Finland, located in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
Espoo is a mixture of modern city and peaceful nature just a few kilometres from Helsinki. Large natural areas are characteristic of Espoo: seashores, the archipelago, the wilderness in nature reserves and the waterways of the lake highlands.
The cultural landscapes, constructed environments and natural areas of Espoo are like Finland in miniature.
The city is has gained international fame as a hub of know-how, research and development, at the heart of which stands the Aalto University campus.
Espoo is also a centre for international company headquarters and high-technology businesses such as Nokia, Rovio (Angry Birds), Kone and Fortum.
Combining urban and rural
Thanks to being a fixed part of the Metropolitan Area public transport network, a number of people from neighbouring municipalities commute daily to Espoo.
The special feature of Espoo is an urban structure that relies on five different centres, dominated by detached houses that combine urban and rural living.
The most important resources in Espoo are its active inhabitants, educational institutions, communities and businesses, all sharing the mutual goal of making Espoo a pioneer in the municipal sector as well as a pleasant place to live, learn and work.