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Joensuu

Credits: Kalle Kervinen

Joensuu is the capital of Finland’s easternmost province in North Karelia.

Joensuu is the lively capital of the North Karelia region of Finnish Lakeland. Established by Czar Nikolai I of Russia in 1848, Joensuu lies close to the Russian border, about 400 kilometres from Finland’s capital, Helsinki.
Credits: Kalle Kervinen

Welcome to Joensuu

Joensuu is a centre of trade, culture, education and technology. Three higher education institutions – the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences, the University of Eastern Finland and the HUMAK University of Applied Sciences – call Joensuu home.

Where in Finland?

Joensuu

City facts

Population: 77 000

Distance from Helsinki:

– Plane 45 minutes
– Train 5 hours
– Car 440 kilometres, 7 hours

Flight connections: Joensuu Airport is situated 11 kilometres from the city centre.

Contact

Visit Karelia
Länsikatu 15 (building 3B, 3rd floor)
80110 Joensuu
Phone +358 40 487 4897
visitkarelia@visitkarelia.fi


Visit site

Metal and wood

The main business sectors are the metal, wood and forestry industries, as well as border control and cross-border collaboration.

Joensuu is the forestry capital of Europe and a stronghold of forestry research centres, including the European Forest Institute and Joensuu Science Park.

A range of cultural offerings

Joensuu is a prominent part of the Finnish cultural scene, having birthed several well-known artists and inspiring scores of film production companies to shoot in the area.

The Ilosaarirock Festival, featuring internationally acclaimed artists, is sold out every year months in advance.

The orchestra, theatre and art museum are among the local institutions catering to visitors seeking cultural experiences.

Connections to Russia

The nearby wilderness areas provide the perfect setting for nature enthusiasts. Jogging paths and a wide variety of facilities are a delight to sportsmen and women alike.

Joensuu believes in regional and international cooperation as vehicles for development, which is manifested in numerous projects spanning different areas of expertise.

The people of North Karelia are known for being very talkative, and lively interactions with Russian Karelia are part of everyday life. The city has excellent waterways stretching all the way to St. Petersburg.

A hiker admiring the autumn foliage over forests in a Finnish national landscape in Koli.
Credits: Julia Kivelä