Lappeenranta is an international centre of tourism and higher education.

Lappeenranta is a popular international tourist destination and university city with first-class, rail, air, and road connections. The city’s excellent location and good networks makes Lappeenranta a valuable meeting point with a great variety of activities on offer.

Cruises on FInland’s Grand Lake Saimaa

Lappeenranta lies in Lakeland in Southeast Finland, on the border between the European Union and Russia. The city offers plenty of services and shopping opportunities, and companies are well-versed in doing business in English and Russian.

Exotic tourist services are combined with a unique lake environment in this city on the southern shore of Lake Saimaa, the biggest lake in Finland and fifth largest in Europe.

The Old Town, also called the Fortification, in the centre of the city and the harbour are the primary locations for musical and other events. In summertime lake and canal cruises and trips to Vyborg in Russia are available from the harbour.

Easy-going and international

There are around 13 000 students in Lappeenranta, and the University of Technology (LUT) has a great reputation for innovativeness. The core strengths of the university and the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences include knowledge of Russian trade and culture. Both institutions offer degree programmes in English.

Lappeenranta is a city renowned for its natural beauty, its happy Karelian character and its good prospects for the future.

City Facts

Population: 72 000

Flight connections: The airport lies 2 kilometres from  the city centre. In 2013, there are international flights to Milan, Italy and Riga, Latvia.

Train connection to St. Petersburgh, Russia 1,5 hours.

Distance from Helsinki:

– Train 2 hours
– Car 221 kilometres, 2 hours 30 minutes


Tourist information
Valtakatu 37
53100 Lappeenranta
Tel. 05 66 77 88


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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