Oulu is the Capital of Northern Scandinavia where modern business and tourism meets northern peace and exoticism

The city of 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 Scandinavia.

When strolling around the city, you will soon realize how central a part nature and outdoor activities play in Oulu. You can find beautiful parks all around in the wintertime, ski tracks are well maintained and beautiful flowers bloom everywhere in the summer.

Center of innovation, education and entrepreneurship

Innovation and progress have always been key parts of Oulu. The region of Oulu is well known for its technology. 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

Oulu houses the second largest university in Finland and various other academical institutes, essential factors for driving on innovations and progress of Oulu. This international science university creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education.

 Lively and Eventful Oulu

The people in Oulu have an effortless attitude to life which is why they love entertaining and making event arrangements easy. In Oulu guests will have the opportunity to enjoy entertainment, such as a concert or partake in the various festivals that are arranged all year around.

Oulu offers many suitable venues for successful conferences and congresses. Why not hold your congress in the hundred-year-old Uusi Seurahuone-building, which offers an interesting blend of historical premises combined with modern technology? Or if you would prefer a more relaxed countryside atmosphere, the idyllic and historical Maikkula Estate has capabilities to manage about 400 guests. Should there be a need for larger venues, Oulu City Theatre and Oulu Hall can both facilitate for a large number of guests.

 Oulu Convention Bureau is happy to offer advice and help on organizing events of any size or style.

 Broad and Clear Connections                       

Oulu Airport is the second busiest in Finland, with clear connections to Helsinki and to Luleå and Tromsø in Northern Scandinavia operated by various airlines. 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 center is compact, vibrant and filled with activity and the main services are located within walking distance of each other and the public traffic runs smoothly.


City Facts

Population: 197 863

Flight connections: Oulu airport lies a 20-minute drive from the city centre.

Distance from Helsinki:

– Plane 1 hour
– Train 6-7 hours
– Car 600 kilometres, 7 hours


Oulu Convention Bureau


Email: conventionoulu (at) oulu.com


Coastal Areas & Archipelago

Coastal Finland with its stunningly beautiful archipelago offers a variety of fascinating destinations that are easy to reach.