Oulu is an international meetings city with a northern twist
Oulu is the fastest growing city in Arctic Europe – a cool city with hot business located by the most significant railroad interchange and the busiest highway in Northern Finland. Being the biggest commercial, logistic and cultural hub in the region, Oulu is also called the Capital of Northern Scandinavia. It is a vibrant city with over 700 events annually. You can join one-of-a-kind events, such as the World Air Guitar Championships, Polar Bear Pitching, The Irish Festival of Oulu or Qstock music festival.
Northern lights and bright summer nights
Oulu has four distinct seasons, ranging from the midnight sun of the summer to the crisp winter days and polar nights coloured by northern lights above a thick blanket of snow. The seaside setting and four rivers create a calm, aquatic mood to the city and its parks. The nearby countryside and wilderness provide a variety of possibilities for pre and post conference tours.
Cutting edge expertise and education
Oulu has been named one of the top 13 growing ”brain belts” in the world – hubs that attract the smartest people to work on cutting edge technology. Oulu has been selected as the world’s smartest city twice and it has the leading edge on research in key ICT-based industries, such as health technology, printed intelligence, and cleantech. Oulu is also the home of 5G and the Internet of Things – even a revolutionary 5G hospital is being designed and built in the city. Oulu’s success stories lean on a strong basis of enterprise and education – some 25,000 students attend the city’s two universities. Over one-third of Oulu’s inhabitants hold a university degree.
Memorable meetings city
Oulu perfectly combines green environment and northern hospitality with modern technology. Located at the junction of traffic routes, Oulu is easily accessible by plane and by train. Public transportation runs smoothly, and the city centre is compact and walkable. With a variety of innovative meeting venues and plenty of accommodation options, Oulu offers a relaxed atmosphere for networking and doing international business. Become a part of Oulu for a while. It is never too late to become an oululainen!
Coast and Archipelago
Coast and Archipelago
Coastal Finland with its stunningly beautiful archipelago offers a variety of fascinating destinations that are easy to reach.