Located by the Baltic Sea, region of Southwest Finland has strong historical roots in the maritime business. Today, Turku region is the most important production cluster of Finnish maritime industry. Sustainable blue growth is key as Turku and Southwest Finland strive to protect the vulnerable Baltic Sea and to preserve the unique biodiversity of the Archipelago Sea. Turku systemically promotes cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and is an active member in many Baltic Sea related organisations.
The strong maritime cluster of Southwest Finland, Turku's ambitious work for climate mitigation and enhancing circular economy, as well as smart solutions in urban context and in businesses – these are the topics we are good at.
Our focus areas are
We are a Blue, Green and Smart City and Region.
Turku is a vibrant and steadily growing city by the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1229, it is also the oldest city in Finland and the former capital. Nowadays, the City has almost 200.000 inhabitants. The Turku region, comprising Turku and neighbouring municipalities, has approximately 330.000 inhabitants which makes it the third biggest urban region in Finland.
Turku-Southwest Finland European Office (Turku EU Office) represents City of Turku and Regional Council of Southwest Finland bringing together all 27 municipalities in the region. The office has been active in Brussels since 1998.
The main mission of Turku EU Office is to act as interlocutor between our region and Brussels – we bring EU closer to the region and serve as regional contact point in Brussels. Our main task is to support our stakeholders to implement their strategic priorities at the EU level.
Our main activities are
Within the next ten years, the sports facility network will have significant updating requirements as several central and popular sports facilities will reach the end of their life cycle. For this reason, the Sports Services initiated working on a sports facility network update plan in the autumn of 2019.
Beyond 2030 Challenge – combine science and technology, save the planet and humanity
Registration for the competition will open on August 11, 2021 and end on October 25th 2021 at 23.59. All Finnish high school and vocational education students in teams of 1-4 persons can jointhe competition.
To enter the competition, the teams will prepare a one-page description of their science project by October 25, 2021. The description will be submitted electronically via the link below.
Beyond 2030 Challenge is a science competition organised by the City of Turku and Bayer. The competition is supported by academics and industry. In the competition, upper secondary education students in groups of one to four people develop new ideas, innovations and applications that
a) help save the environment (solutions related to climate change, sustainable development, circular economy etc.) and/or
b) help save humanity (solutions related to social environment, wellbeing technology, reducing poverty and illnesses etc.)
1. Registration phase
The teams of one to four members create a short description of their science project by the 25th of October. The description must include:
1) Short description of the idea
The proposed solution may be related to, for instance, climate change prevention, sustainable solutions, wellbeing technology, health technology, reducing poverty or illnesses, reducing littering of seas or other prevention of threats to the future of humanity and/or the planet. Creativity, innovation and STEAM spirit are considered a plus!
1st place 4000 euros
2nd place 2000 euros
3rd place 1000 euros
In addition the top10 will be awarded with superb product awards. These awards will be published on this page during the registration phase.
Promoting sustainable tourism in the Turku region is one of Visit Turku's key priorities. How can each of us influence the sustainability of our own holiday or trip? Here are five tips that everyone, whether an independent tourist or those travelling for business, can keep in mind.
The Föli journey planner is a public transport schedule service that utilises the real-time location data of Föli busses.
The Föli journey planner
The Föli journey planner (opens in a new window) tells you how to get from point A to point B in
- Lieto and
In addition to bus and waterbus schedules, the journey planner includes citybike stations and information on the number of bikes available at each station.
In an emergency, always call the general emergency number 112 and act according to the instructions received on the telephone.
Guidelines for accidents at school
School meal is an important part of the educational work of the school. The school meal is used to guide the pupils towards the right kind of eating habits and good manners.
The school lunch is meant to cover one third of the energy need of the day. In addition to providing energy for the school day, the lunch will advance the well-being of the child/youth, reinforce eating habits that advance health, teach good manners, and lead diners to new tastes.
Information about the opening times, services and restrictions of Sports Services during the state of emergency caused by coronavirus is gathered on this page. The page is updated as more details occur.
Don’t use the sports facilities if you are ill.
Remember to ensure that safety distances are maintaned.
Maintain good hand hygiene.
Cough into your sleeve.
Finnish for Foreigners are courses in the Finnish language. They are especially planned for immigrants who have residence permit and who do not get any other education in the Finnish language. We offer ten courses in Finnish as a second or foreign language.
Autumn term: 8.8. – 20.12.2019
- Autumn vacation: 14.10. – 20.10.2019
- Chrismas holiday: 21.12.2019 – 6.1.2020
Spring term: 7.1. – 30.5.2020
- Winter vacation: 17.2. – 23.2.2019
Tel. (02) 2629 882
School office is open on day when there's teaching Mon-Thu 3–7 pm.
In June the office is open on days when there's teaching Mon-Thu 3–7 pm.
+358 50 432 3669
+358 40 620 3227
The City of Turku controls 58 subsidiaries, of which 49 are consolidated in the consolidated financial statements. Of the consolidated subsidiaries, three are foundations and 20 are housing and real estate companies. There are 25 consolidated associated entities and three joint municipal authorities. Four subsidiaries and five associated entities have been consolidated through the sub-group of the Joint Municipal Authority of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland.
At the end of the financial year, the balance sheet total was EUR 1,792.7 million. The decrease compared to the previous year was EUR 13.6 million (-0.8%). The surplus for the financial period increased equity by EUR 10.2 million (1.3%).
The City’s liquidity remained good throughout the year. At the end of 2020, the City’s cash reserves amounted to EUR 139 million (EUR 204 million in 2019), not including investments in the City’s own funds. Cash reserves decreased by EUR 65 million in 2020. As regards the cash reserves, long-term interest investments were discontinued almost entirely in 2020 since the decreased interest level pushed the values of interest investments too high, resulting in a poor risk-reward ratio.
The largest ongoing infrastructure projects were the Logomo bridge and the Market Square. Other extensive construction projects in the urban environment included the extension to Pyhän Maarian tie, Koroistenkaari and Puolalanmäki. Among the ongoing renovation projects of the City’s service buildings, the largest ones were the modifications of Ruiskatu 8, the renovation of Puolala School and the renovation of the Kallelankatu day care centre.
The operating cash flow was positive by EUR 48.1 million (-6.5 in the financial statements for 2019). The increase in internal financing is largely the result of the central government’s measures to support municipal tax funding, which boosted the annual margin significantly from the previous year. EUR 53.1 million was received as central government transfers and EUR 22.3 million was received for corporate tax revenue. Of the central government transfer, EUR 47.7 went to basic services and EUR 1.5 million to the Education and Culture Division.