Kuopio – The capital of Lakeland

Known for its thousands of lakes, Kuopio and the surrounding area have a very special, easy-going atmosphere with genuine and upbeat inhabitants.

The Kuopio region is situated in central Finland, in the verdant province of North Savo in Lakeland.

Kuopio is the biggest city in Lakeland and a continuously developing centre for education, cultural life and industry. Kuopio is also the centre of tourism and culture in the area. A broad range of cultural events and other forms of entertainment take place in Kuopio.

A score of facilities and sights

The Kuopio region has a wide range of conference facilities suitable for smaller meetings as well as grand international symposiums. Equipped with modern facilities and state-of-the-art conference technology, the conference venues and many hotels offer you the service you need at the standard you require.

Special venues in Kuopio offer you enjoyable specialities for meetings, parties and social programmes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the Puijo Tower, visit historical manor houses, take a trip to Alahovi berry farm or spend an atmospheric evening at the traditional lumberjack´s lodge in Rauhalahti.

Compact and naturally beautiful

In Kuopio, everything is close – nature, culture, entertainment and services. You won’t waste time getting from point A to point B.

The landscape of the Kuopio region is dominated by lakes, islands and forest-covered hills. Fans of boating, hiking and other forms of outdoor recreation are spoilt for choice here. For fishing enthusiasts, Kuopio guarantees good catches throughout the year.

Grab a taste of kuopio

Kuopio has a lot to offer in the winter, too, with guaranteed snow. There are several ski resorts in the area, and a long skating track on lake Kallavesi, accessible in central Kuopio. Snowmobiling is another possibility, and a popular one at that.

Kuopio’s most iconic landmark is the Puijo Tower, an excellent place to start your tour of the city. At the market square and hall in the city centre, you’ll get a good feel for Savonian life: a relaxed mood, people who love to chat, and regional delicacies from vendace to pasties and “kalakukko” fish pies.

City Facts

Population: 98,000

Flight connections: Kuopio Airport is situated 14 kilometres from the city centre. There are eight daily flight connections between Kuopio and Helsinki.

Distance from Helsinki:
– Plane 40 minutes
– Train 5 hours
– Car 390km, 4 hours


Kuopio Convention Bureau Ltd
Käsityökatu 43
70100 Kuopio
Tel +358 50 330 3496


Lakeland is covered by more water than land. The heart of the region is Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland, which nestles several cities on its shores and is home to the endangered Saimaa ringed seal.

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