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Nature explorer, active vacationer or authenticity seeker, attention! Find your dream holiday in the Lahti Region.
Lake Päijänne – So clean you can drink the water!
Rugged cliffs, lush forests and pure lake water. This all describes the nature of lake Päijänne. It ensures access to sufficient and clean fresh water for over a million inhabitants in Helsinki region via 120 km long Päijänne tunnel.
Finland’s longest and second largest lake – Lake Päijänne is located in Southern Finland extending from the city of Lahti (south) to the city of Jyväskylä (north).Read more
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.Read more
Exercise and experiences
Lahti distinguishes itself from other Finnish cities as a centre of health and wellbeing with a special focus on sports and exercise.
Lahti region is home to the Pajulahti and Vierumäki sports institutes, both officially recognised as Olympic Training Centers by the Finnish Olympic Committee, which provide a wide range of professional training in physical education. The institutes also offer highquality expertise in sports coaching.
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Lahti – famous for its water
Lahti is located in an area of outstanding geographical interest. The ice age left it with unusually large and clean groundwater reservoirs. Because of this, Lahti is today home to a thriving grain processing industry, including a mill, a malting and a brewery, which make use of both the local water and grain. Thanks to the ready availability of excellent, clean water and high quality barley, Lahti is also home to a whiskey distillery that has won plaudits internationally.
Salpausselkä 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.
Lahti European Green Capital 2021
Lahti is the first Finnish city to be appointed as the European Green Capital in 2021. This is an acknowledgement of the work Lahti has done for decades to develop into a more environmentally friendly and sustainable city that belongs to everyone. Visit Lahti organises media visits in cooperation with the Sustainable Lahti Foundation. The visits are organised in particular in companies pioneering in environmental work and clean tech businesses in Lahti that are among the elite in their industry. On your visit, you will get to know the solutions of the City of Lahti and the ground-breaking environmental actions of city-owned companies and local businesses.
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.
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 by car. St Petersburg is at the distance of 314 km, less than 3 hours by train.
The city covers and area of 517 km, of which 459 km land and 58 km water. The biggest lake is called Päijänne.
There are approximately 11 000 companies in Lahti. The unemployment rate is around 18%. The biggest employers are the city of Lahti, Päijät-Häme central hospital, Isku, Mediatalo ESA and Hartwall.
There are 25 000 students studying in Lahti every year. Higher education is offered by Lahti University Campus and Lahti University of Applied Sciences.
Tourism is important for the region. There are 500 000 overnights in Lahti region every year.
If you would like to know more or make a media visit, get in touch with Visit Lahti staff. We are happy help.