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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)
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 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.
Approximately 2,500 people are employed by the food industry in the Lahti region. The region's food industry is heavily based on companies that utilise grain as one of their raw materials. In fact, Lahti is home to Finland's most extensive and diverse grain cluster network, which represents the entire chain of grain processing from the field to the consumer’s table. The active network of companies includes notable Finnish brands and smaller, innovative actors in the sector.
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.
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.
Lahti Symphony's Chief Conductor Dima Slobodeniouk serves as Artistic Director of the festival.
Karita Mattila and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra among the guests at Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s Sibelius Festival 5.-8.9.2019.
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.
What is Finland like as a country? What is the Päijät-Häme region all about? Would you like to introduce your readers/listeners/viewers to more than just winter sports?
Would you like to find out more about Finnish society and the Finnish way of life? Or discover the Finnish arts scene or sample Finnish food and drink? Are you maybe wondering what an authentic Finnish sauna is really like? Have you perhaps heard about the “smoke sauna”? And what about all those forests, what are they like? Or are you perhaps curious about our relationship with Russia?
If you would like to know more, get in touch with Lahti Region and we will put you in touch with the right fixer. If you are interested in coming to Lahti on a media visit, please contact us. We’ll get back to you by e-mail.
Anu Huusko, Head of Production & Sales | Leisure
+358 (0)44 753 3590 | anu.huusko (at) lahtiregion.fi
Tiina Kallio, Head of sales | MICE, sport, educational
+358 (0)40 159 6448 | tiina.kallio (at) lahtiregion.fi
Niina Aalto, Project Coordinator
+358 (0)40 645 2824 | niina.aalto (at) lahtiregion.fi
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