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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.Read more
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.Read more
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
Nature, art, culture and inspiration
Lake Vesijärvi – Success story in lake restoration
Lake Vesijärvi was the most eutroficated large lake in Finland from the 1960s to the 1990s with large blue green algae blooming every summer. Nowadays, Lake Vesijärvi has a remarkable recreational value for more than 100,000 people.
The ongoing lake restoration process is one of the best success stories in lake management ever. Lahti was the first Finnish city to be appointed as the European Green Capital in 2021.
Museum of visual arts Malva
Malva is a brand-new museum of visual arts in Lahti, Finland. Malva unites two museums from Lahti – the Lahti Art Museum and the Poster Museum – and brings together their thrilling content and impressive exhibitions under one roof. Malva offers an inspiring combination of new and exciting experiences of art, posters and design!
Malva is part of the Malski Centre that has been built in an old brewery. In addition to the museum, Malski features a variety of restaurants.
This internationally acclaimed annual festival brings together friends of Sibelius’ music from across the globe, as the Lahti Symphony Orchestra invite all friends of Finland’s national composer to spend a wonderful weekend in the acoustically splendid setting of Sibelius Hall.
Be inspired by our delicious stories
We are happy to host international media visits in our beautiful region. For your inspiration we have collected here articles, videos and posts telling stories about Lahti Region in different languages. Read and enjoy!
Images and materials
Photos and materials from the photo library can be used freely in marketing and communications promoting the Lahti region. In case you would need any spesific images, we are pleased to assist you. You’ll find contacts below.
If you would like to know more or make a media visit, get in touch with Visit Lahti staff. We are happy help.