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Lahti Region inspires with its outstanding geological history, unique nature with hundreds of lakes and urban culture as well as huge amount of sport, culture and live music events.

Visit Lahti warmly welcomes media and blogger professionals to see and experience the uniqueness of our four seasons. Feel free to use our photo library, useful links and facts to be inspired – and do not hesitate to ask more!

Facts & figures

  • The Lahti region is home to over 200 000 residents, of whom over 120 000 live in Lahti
  • Lahti is eight biggest city and fifth biggest region in Finland
  • 93,8, % of residents are finnish speakers, 0,3% swedish speakers and 5,9% speaks a foreign language as their native language
  • Neighbouring towns are Asikkala, Heinola, Hollola, Iitti and Orimattila. Asikkala, Padasjoki and Kärkölä are also part of Lahti region.
  • Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is only 100 km away. The fastest passenger train travels between the cities in 51 minutes. The Helsinki airport is about 50 minutes away.
  • The city covers and area of 517 km, of which 459 km land and 58 km water. The biggest lake is called Päijänne.

Groundwater is a shared treasure of the Lahti region

In Lahti region, the Salpausselkä ridges and eskers formed by the last Ice Age hide in them massive quantities of continuously renewing pure groundwater.

In addition to those who live in the region, more than a million Finns in the Helsinki metropolitan area drink water from the Salpausselkä Geopark area: the tap water in the capital region is sourced from Lake Päijänne, which is clean enough to drink.

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Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark

Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark, situated in the Lahti region in southern Finland, tells the story of the best-known geological entity of Finland.

The First and Second Salpausselkä are unique ice-marginal formations laid down by the last Ice Age. They reach across the entirety of southern Finland and are at their most spectacular in the area of Salpausselkä Geopark. Here they are joined to feeder eskers of international value, such as the picturesque Kelvenne Island and Pulkkilanharju Esker in Päijänne National Park.

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Sports tourism

Lahti distinguishes itself from other Finnish cities with a special focus on sports. Salpausselkä in Lahti is well-known as an exceptional destination for outdoor sports. For one hundred years, the city has been hosting major sporting events. The region’s unique nature inspires people both to exercise for wellness and test their limits in fierce competition.

Lahti region is home to the Pajulahti and Vierumäki sports institutes, both officially recognised as Olympic Training Centers by the Finnish Olympic Committee.

Lahti – Sports Destination created by water

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Tiina Kallio

Tiina Kallio

Head of Brand & Marketing p. +358 (0)40 159 6448
Arto Asikainen

Arto Asikainen

Head of Production and Sales p. +358 (0)40 579 4387
Soili Hirvonen

Soili Hirvonen

Head of Communications | Sports Tourism p. +358 (0)400 837 583