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A growing city of experts, cybersecurity and sports

Jyväskylä is home to some 140,000 satisfied residents with an annual population growth of nearly 1,600. People come to the city to live, study, exercise and enjoy life. We are Finland’s second-most popular city to live in.

 In terms of business, we are one of Finland’s most rapidly expanding cities. Jyväskylä alone has roughly 7,500 businesses; the entire region boasts 10,000 businesses. The ICT sector is one of the fastest-growing areas with some 500 companies operating in the field. Jyväskylä has the country’s leading cybersecurity experts and has invested heavily in education, research and enterprise.

Jyväskylä Security Technology (JYVSECTEC) is Finland’s highly respected first-ever facility for cybersecurity research and development, testing, and training. JYVSECTEC provides an environment to test cyber defences of scores of Finnish public and private sector organisations, including the Defence Forces, the state ICT centre Valtori and the teleoperator Sonera. Students study for their Master’s and Engineering degrees on cybersecurity at the University of Jyväskylä and the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK).

Jyväskylä is a city of students; one in three is either a primary-, secondary- or tertiary-level student! They ensure that the city remains vibrant and youthful, and that it develops rapidly.

The Jyväskylä Educational Consortium provides high-quality secondary and vocational education in the region.

Nature and exercise are important to the people of Jyväskylä. The stunning lakeside trails in the heart of the city invite residents to go cycling and jogging and to enjoy the clean air. The people of Jyväskylä aren’t afraid of a challenge whether it involves building Finland’s largest outdoor gym or constructing the most versatile indoor sports centre in the Nordic countries.

Research has shown that Jyväskylä is an excellent environment for children.

Safe high-standard residential areas and convenient services make Jyväskylä a popular place to settle. In addition to pleasant housing, people also come to Jyväskylä in search of experiences. Neste Rally Finland, dozens of exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances make the city a popular travel destination. Jyväskylä is also the home of world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, and it features more than 20 Aalto-designed buildings, which attract admiring visitors from every corner of the world.

The unparalleled excellence of our university and prominent companies ensure that Jyväskylä ranks high internationally. Our expertise is a touchpoint for continuous development of new innovations and exciting international start-ups. We have the right people, functional office facilities and extensive networks – and they are all at your disposal.

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- Jyväskylä has a population of about 140,000, one-third of whom are primary, secondary or tertiary students. Population growth in 2015 was 1,588, the highest in the country. A significant proportion of the adult population has post-graduate degrees (34.8%).

- The latest ‘willingness to move’ survey conducted in 2016, ranked Jyväskylä as the second-most sought-after relocation destination in Finland, after Tampere. Jyväskylä scored higher than Tampere for living environments for families, while both cities had similar scores for living environment and amenities.

- In an image study conducted by market research firm Taloustutkimus in 2014, Jyväskylä ranked second among cities with populations above 100,000 (next study in 2017). Jyväskylä received the highest scores for traffic location, while bonus points came for the development of commercial services.

- Jyväskylä has a 1,500-kilometre coastline and is located in the northern-most area of Finland’s second-largest lake, Lake Päijänne.

- More than 650 new firms are established in Jyväskylä every year and about 900 in the region. The city is now the home of 7,500 companies, while 10,000 businesses operate in the region.

- Housing prices are affordable. The average price of older flats in Jyväskylä was 2,027 euros per square meter, compared to 3,942 euros in the Helsinki region and 1,853 euros in other parts of the country.

- The Jyväskylä economy is dominated by services: 81% of jobs are in the service sector. Industry accounts for 17.5% and primary production for 0.9 % of employment.

Jyväskylä’s largest employers:

  • City of Jyväskylä (approx. 7,000)
  • Central Finland Hospital District
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • Keskimaa Cooperative (a member of S-Group)
  • Valmet Ltd
  • Kesko Group
  • Jyväskylä Education Consortium
  • Jyväskylä (Luonetjärvi) Garrison
  • Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences
  • ISS Palvelut Oy
  • ManPower Group
  • TeliaSonera
  • Keskisuomalainen newspaper and media house
  • Are Oy

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