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Oulu

Credits: Olli Vainio

Oulu plays host to international meetings with a northern twist.

Oulu is the fastest growing city in Arctic Europe, and it’s located by the most significant railroad interchange and busiest highway in Northern Finland.
Credits: Olli Vainio

Welcome to Oulu

Colourful wooden houses by the Baltic sea in Oulu.
Credits: Antje Neumann

As the biggest commercial, logistics and cultural hub in the region, Oulu is often called the Capital of Northern Scandinavia. It’s a vibrant city that holds over 700 events annually, including one-of-a-kind experiences such as the World Air Guitar Championships, Polar Bear Pitching, The Irish Festival of Oulu and Qstock music festival.

Where in Finland?

Oulu

City facts

Population: 210 000

Flight connections: Easily accessible with frequent one-hour flights to and from Helsinki

Distance from Helsinki:
– Plane 1 hour
– Train 6–7 hours
– Car 600 kilometers, 7 hours

Contact

Oulu Convention Bureau
Hallituskatu 36 A, 2nd floor
90100 Oulu
conventionoulu@oulu.com

Visit site

Northern lights and bright summer nights

Oulu seasons are distinct, ranging from the midnight sun of summer to polar nights accented by the Northern Lights in winter. The city’s seaside setting and four rivers lend Oulu a calm, aquatic vibe, and the nearby countryside and wilderness beyond provide a variety of possibilities for pre- and post-conference tours.

View of a white lighthouse in the archipelago on a summer day in Oulu, Finland
Credits: Mariia Kauppi

Cutting edge expertise and education

Oulu was named one of the top 13 growing global ”brain belts”, which attract some of the smartest people to work on cutting-edge technology. Oulu has been designated the world’s smartest city twice and conducts leading research in key ICT-based industries like health technology, printed intelligence, and cleantech. Oulu is also the home of 5G and the Internet of Things – there’s even a revolutionary 5G hospital scheduled for build in the city. Oulu’s success depends on its strong emphasis on enterprise and education – some 25,000 students attend the city’s two universities, and over one-third of Oulu’s inhabitants hold a university degree.

A memorable meetings city

Oulu seamlessly combines green initiatives with northern hospitality and modern technology. Located at the junction of major traffic routes, Oulu is easily accessible by plane and train. Public transportation runs smoothly, and the city centre is compact and walkable. With a variety of innovative meeting venues and plenty of accommodation options, Oulu offers a relaxed atmosphere for networking and doing business.