The Capital of Northern Scandinavia
Young and creative Oulu is located on the coastline of the Gulf of Bothnia in the middle of a large market area between Sweden, Norway and Russia, creating the most important commercial, logistic and cultural hub of northern Finland: The Capital of Northern Scandinavia.
Strange, interesting, high-quality events, attractive stores, sandy beaches and an icy ocean, hot summer terraces and northern lights. Places to explore and things to do for both children and adults. Your visit to Oulu might not always be the most traditional but for sure a memorable one, because Oulu is always different.
Charged with brainpower
An atmosphere of internationalism and progress has always been a key part of Oulu, and is kept alive and well today by the University of Oulu with other educational institutions. Academic meetings and conferences are commonly organized in Oulu and local experts covering various academic fields and research centers can be flexibly incorporated into meeting and conference programs as speakers.
Oulu’s impressive ICT track record has set the technological course on a global scale since the 1980s. Oulu still holds the leading edge on research in key ICT-based industries, like connected health, printed intelligence and cleantech. The two words that sum up Oulu’s success stories are education and entrepreneurship.
Warm hearted and open-minded
The people in Oulu have an uncomplicated attitude to life which is why they love entertaining and making event arrangements easy. In Oulu guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a clean nature or enjoy entertainment, like a rock or classical concert, take part in varying events like the Air Guitar World Championship, stop for a quick dip in the ocean at the Nallikari beach or visit the famous Science Center Tietomaa and much more.
For event organizers, Oulu and its surroundings provide a range of venues and settings with a compact city center and excellent traffic connections. City also offers plenty of accommodation and facilities even for a bigger event and the Oulu Convention Bureau is happy to help even in the planning of smaller conferences.
Oulu Airport is the second busiest in Finland, with connections to Helsinki and Stockholm operated by various airlines. The drive from the airport to city centre is just about twenty minutes. Oulu is located by the most significant railroad interchange in Northern Finland and the busiest highway.
Within the city itself, there is no real need for transportation. The city centre is compact and the main services are located within walking distance of each other and the public traffic runs smoothly.