Jyväskylä is one of the largest cities in Central Finland, situated on the Finland Lakeland which means that the city has spectacular scenery featuring hills, forests and lake areas. The city is known as “the Athens” of Finland owing to its reputation for high quality education and as well as being the first place in Finland to offer education in the Finnish language. Jyväskylä is also known for having a number of notable architectural structures designed by celebrated Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, as well as a museum dedicated to his works. Other cultural centers include the Säynätsalo Townhall complex as well as the Jyväskylä City Theatre. Expats living in Jyväskylä can enjoy the annual Jyväskylä Arts Festival, which is the largest arts festival in Finland, whilst sports fans can witness the Neste Oil Rally Finland as well as see the JYP ice hockey team play at the Synergia-areena.
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Jyväskylä is considered to be a safe and friendly place to live, as well as being diverse and featuring multiple nationalities. Expatriates moving to Jyväskylä will appreciate the city’s youthful feel as well as its developing urban areas which offer a number of retail and leisure opportunities. One of the most impressive things about Jyväskylä is its landscape, and if you are a lover of great scenery and being outdoors, you will find plenty to see and appreciate. The general climate is cold in the winter with plenty of snow, whilst the summers tend to be warm and sunny. It’s worth noting that in the winter, the average number of sunlight hours drops to just five hours a day. Jyväskylä is a city which is known for its educational facilities, and is ideal for expats moving to Jyväskylä with families or those looking to pursue academic careers and its main university, the University of Jyväskylä, is one of the largest in Finland. By joining InterNations, expats in Jyväskylä can get in touch with others who are in or have been in a similar situation in order to share information and seek advice about moving to and living in the city.
Education plays a vital role in Jyväskylä’s economy, thanks to a number of educational firsts in Finland as well as the number of institutions which means that those working in Jyväskylä may be able to source work in this industry. There are also opportunities to work in the health care, IT, renewable energy and manufacturing industries. With excellent transport services and a great location in terms of the rest of the country, working in the city has a number of benefits and it is a beautiful place to live in. If you are an expatriate looking for more information about working in Jyväskylä, you could benefit from joining InterNations and meeting fellow expats who may be able to provide advice about work and about other aspects of expat life in the city.