Turku is Finland’s oldest town with a history that dates back to the 13th century.

The former capital of Finland, which lies 165 kilometres west of present-day capital Helsinki, is first mentioned in historical documents as early as 1228.

Turku is a fascinating combination of old and new. Situated at the mouth of the River Aura, Turku formed around a trading port and continues to be a major port city even today. Turku is known as a bilingual city; around five percent of the population is Swedish-speaking.

HIgh-Tech and education

Turku is home to several high-tech companies as well as three universities: the University of Turku, the Turku School of Economics and Business, and Finland’s only Swedish-speaking institute of higher education, Åbo Akademi. Turku Polytechnic’s degree programmes in animation, advertising and circus studies are one of a kind in Finland.

The schools and businesses cooperate closely at the Turku Technology Centre units BioCity, DataCity, ElectroCity, EuroCity and the Old Mill.

Modern, yet historic

Turku offers skilled and educated workforce, modern municipal engineering, good international connections and flexible services for companies and businesses.

Urban life is focused around the river, and some of the most interesting sights are located on its banks: the Turku Castle and Finland’s national shrine, the Turku Cathedral, among others. The Old Grand Market Square, the site of the annual declaration of Christmas Peace, is also located by the river Aura.

City Facts

Population: 180, 000

Flight connections: Turku airport is situated a 15-minute drive from the city centre, and offers direct flights to and from Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Ferry connections: To and from Stockholm.

Distance from Helsinki:

– Plane 30 minutes
– Train 2 hours
– Car 160 kilometres, 1,5-2 hours


Turku Convention Bureau
Aurakatu 4
Phone: +358 50 559 0608

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