Urban legends since 1229

Turku is Finland’s oldest town with a history that dates back to the 13th century and beyond. The former capital of Finland, which lies 165 km west of present-day capital Helsinki, is first mentioned in historical documents as early as 1228. The history of the maritime city of Turku is visible wherever you look. New ideas and trends have entered Finland through Turku for more than 700 years. Turku’s long history and its pioneering position has made it a city of education and culture, which can today be seen in the city’s diverse expertise and events.

Our beautiful and eventful city is interesting to its residents and attractive to tourists. Thousands of new professionals graduate from our universities and educational institutions every year. Our multicultural city is compact, homely and safe. Everything is close by in Turku. The cornerstones of Turku are its history, maritime environment, culture, education, research and business. Turku Business Region is a world-class innovation hub with approximately 22,000 businesses and six universities as well as a wide variety of educational institutions. One in four residents of Turku are students.

Old town but pretty funky

The success of Turku is based on a diverse economic structure and cooperation between universities, businesses and the public sector. Continued success is guaranteed by making the Turku Science Park an even more attractive university campus and innovation hub in the Kupittaa area. The City of Turku celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2029. Pioneers like us need to be bold. Although we are deeply rooted in our history, our gaze is focused on the future. For example, we have set for ourselves the ambitious goal of becoming a carbon neutral city by the time of the anniversary.

Coast and Archipelago

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

Coast and Archipelago