Finland is the second most northern country in the world. A quarter of its total area lies north of the Arctic Circle.
Area: 338,144 km² square kilometres, of which 10% is water and 69% forest
Location: neighbouring countries are Russia to the east, Norway to the north-west and Sweden to the west
Population: 5.3 million, (17 inhabitants per square kilometre)
Official languages: Finnish (91.5%) and Swedish (5.5%).
Religion: Lutheran 82%, Orthodox 1%
Head of State: President of the Republic
and Finland has:
188,000 lakes (accounts for 10% of the total area)
1.8 million saunas (approx 500 are traditional smoke saunas)
The city of Jyväskylä is situated in the heart of Finland and is surrounded by beautiful lakes, ridges and forests.Today it is a bustling centre for business, education, sports and culture and has over 130 000 inhabitants. A total of 170,000 people live in the entire Jyväskylä region.
Everyfourth passer-by is a school goer or a student in Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is a school and university city with 47 000 students during the academic year, providing a diversity of educational offerings for people of all ages. Jyväskylä achieved the best grade for cooperation between companies and schools in annual municipality image survey.
Jyväskylä is known as a city of culture. For example, Jyväskylä was the home of Alva Aalto, the world-famous Finnish architect. Aalto designed thirty buildings in the Jyväskylä region between 1920 and 1970.
Thanks to the short distances and the lively urban centre, Jyväskylä is a "little big city" where all the services, shops, schools and work are close at hand. In 2012 the city celebrates its 175th birthday.