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Turku

Credits: Timo Oksanen

Finland’s oldest city is a perfect setting for business events.

For more than 700 years, new ideas and trends have entered Finland through Turku, making it a hub of Finnish education and culture.
Credits: Timo Oksanen

Welcome to Turku

The river Aura at night.
Credits: Jenni Virta Ilonen Liftari Oy

With a history that dates back to the 13th century and beyond, Turku is Finland’s oldest town and the country’s former capital. This city, which lies 165 kilometres west of Helsinki, was first mentioned in historical documents as early as 1228, and its long history is visible everywhere you look. For more than 700 years, new ideas and trends have entered Finland through Turku, making it a hub of Finnish education and culture.

Where in Finland?

Turku

City facts

Population: 195 000

Flight connections: Turku airport is situated a 15-minute drive from the city centre

Ferry connections: To and from Stockholm

Distance from Helsinki:

– Plane 30 minutes
– Train 2 hours
– Car 160 kilometres, 1.5-2 hours

Contact

Turku Convention Bureau
Tykistökatu 4
20520 Turku
convention@turku.fi


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Universities and businesses galore

Turku is an attractive and interesting city for residents and visitors alike. One in every four residents of Turku is a student, and thousands of new professionals graduate from the area’s many universities and educational institutions each year. The Turku Business Region is a world-class innovation hub with approximately 22,000 businesses and six universities as well as a variety of educational institutions. A compact, comfortable and safe city, Turku is beloved for its history, culture, education, research and business.

A red-brick defunct locomotive workshop transformed into a centre for culture, arts and creative economy.

Old but funky

Turku’s success is based on its diverse economic structure and extensive cooperation between universities, businesses and the public sector. An example of this is the city’s current efforts to beautify and improve Turku Science Park, an innovation hub in the Kupittaa area. While Turku will celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2029, its citizens are already looking toward the future. In fact, the city aims to be carbon-neutral by the time that anniversary rolls around.

The Turku castle yard during the summer.
Credits: Julia Kivelä