Jyväskylä is famous for its achievements in science and technology, its high-quality cultural activities and beautiful natural environment.

Jyväskylä is a dynamic, youthful and lively city in Central Finland, and promotes itself as the Human Technology City. Established in 1837, the city has always been closely associated with education. Teacher training in particular has long traditions here.

Nowadays Jyväskylä is home to students in many different fields, and almost thirty percent of the population consists of students.

From Wood to Nanotechnology

The main fields of industry in the Jyväskylä Region are machinery and automation, printing and communication, and wood processing. Special expertise is also found in the fields of paper making, energy and environmental and information technologies.

These are complemented by growing new sectors such as wellness and nanotechnology. A number of international companies, including Metso, UPM-Kymmene, M-Real and Vapo are located in Jyväskylä.

Collaboration between higher education and business is the foundation for new entrepreneurial activity.

University city

Jyväskylä has a highly popular multidisciplinary university with a total of seven faculties. The University of Jyväskylä is home to the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, whose influence on the emerging field of wellness technology, aimed at promoting people’s health and general well-being, is considerable.

The Agora Center, a meeting place for people and technology, is an important research center at the University of Jyväskylä. The aim of the Agora center is to develop technology that serves human needs from a human perspective.

Lively and compact

Jyväskylä is a great city for those on foot, since key services in the city centre are located within walking distance from each other. The real gem is the pedestrian precinct, the lively heart of the city, which serves as a venue for events and as a general rendez-vous point for residents and visitors alike.

The Jyväskylä area offers numerous opportunities for recreation to complement a congress or conference. In summer you can enjoy a cruise on the glittering Lake Päijänne, as well as try hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and even open-air dancing. In wintertime there are various ski resorts for downhill and cross-country enthusiasts.


The largest Lake District in Europe: In a scarcely populated country there’s enough scenery and shoreline for all, allowing you to easily lose yourself in thought or be inspired by the vast clear lakes, intricately splintered by islands, isthmuses and green spits.