City of Jyväskylä, FI

The youthful and lively Jyväskylä is Finland’s top city in terms of appeal. The seventh largest city with population of 132 000, it is one of Finland’s five most important urban regions. The city of Jyväskylä is located in the lake district of Central Finland and has for long been known as a traditional market place in the

crossing of major roads and waterways.

City of Jyväskylä as a municipality has a role in providing services to its citizens. As a local authority it has a strong self-government based on local democracy and decision making, and the right to levy taxes, as well as a broad responsibility in service production.


Jyväskylä is recognised as a city of high-quality education: every fourth passer-by is a school goer or a student in Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is a school and university city with 47 000 students during the academic year, providing a diversity of educational offerings for people of all ages. Jyväskylä is also the forerunner in education export.

Jyväskylä’s cultural offer is versatile: city is a forerunner in urban outdoor lighting, hosts a variety of large international events from a rally to many congresses and trade fairs, and is famous for the de-signs of architect Alvar Aalto.

Jyväskylä is the economic driver or the region. The city is known for its active and successful enter-prise policy, which diversified economic and commercial structures, a strong will to develop, and net-works that function well. Special expertise can be found in the fields of paper manufacturing and pa-per machinery as well as energy production, environmental, information and wellness technology. Nanotechnology is one of the newest areas of expertise.

The City of Jyväskylä is also a majority shareholder of the Jyväskylä Regional Development Com-poany Jykes Ltd., being the engine for enterprise & innovation policy in the Central Finland Region. It promotes profitable business activity in the Jyväskylä Region, provides contacts with regional enter-prises and operates as a link between companies, local government and regional players. Innovation is one of the highest policy priorities in the City of Jyväskylä. City supports dozens of innovative pro-jects of the regional stakeholders every year.


As a youthful student city, one of the main challenges of Jyväskylä is to increase tax revenues and business growth, and to find new, better and more productive ways of producing public services to the citizens. The Jyväskylä region follows a smart specialisation strategy where the major strengths of the area have been identified to create growth and jobs. It aims to strengthening of the region’s competi-tiveness by cooperating with companies, universities, citizens and development organisations.

“We are keen on finding new inspiration through good practices from other European regions. In addi-tion to benchmarking opportunities we look forward to learning from experiences of innovative finan-cial instruments and examples of innovation procurement within the CCIC partnership”, says Laura Ahonen, EU-Coordinator of the City of Jyväskylä

Laura Ahonen
City of Jyväskylä

Hannikaisenkatu 17
Jyväskylä 40100