The mission of the Sports Services is to encourage Turku residents to be physically active enough to improve and maintain their health. This will be achieved by producing a variety of environments and services for exercise for all citizens as well as for organised sports associations. We work in partnership with NGOs and other administrative boards and partners.
The main services provided include:
Library Services consist of the Main Library, 10 Branch Libraries, one service point in the Skanssi shopping centre, and two Mobile Libraries, as well as the web services on the internet. All services are mainly free of charge.
Library Services are a gateway to information and experiences. Through its versatile collections and events the library opens outlooks to the present, the past and the future.
Turku Philharmonic Orhestra (City Orchestra) is the oldest orchestra in Finland and one of the oldest in the world. The roots of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra stretch back to the year 1790 and the founding of The Musical Society in Turku. The orchestra was municipalized in 1927. At present the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is the fifth largest in Finland with its 74 players.
The children under the age of 15 are not permitted in the gyms.
The fitness classroom is available for private bookings by clubs and associations.
The Youth Committee makes decisions about grants for organizations and youth activity groups as well as about various youth facility and camp site fees among other things.
Turku’s Youth Committee consists of 13 adult members and an equal number of vice members chosen by the City Council.
The sports institutions and services subordinate to the Sports Committee offer various possibilities and environments for sports and physical exercise. The Sports Committee supports sports clubs and organizations by providing grants.
The Sports Committee makes decisions about sport facility and service fees, exemptions, discounts and the general principles of facility booking among other things.
The Sports Committee consists of 13 members and an equal number of vice members chosen by the City Council for its operating period.
There are many possibilities for people of all ages and conditions to do sports and exercise in Turku. Services offered by the City of Turku are affordable and some even free of charge. There is something for both beginners as well as for more experienced hobbyists. Also, over 300 sports clubs and associations organize versatile sports services.
Immigrants are welcome to use all services organized by the Sports Services Centre. All Turku residents can also participate in multicultural activities. Gym, swimming and ball sports are offered seperately to men and women.
Participation at half price for immigrants who have lived in Turku for less than three years (i.e. are covered by the Act on the Integration of Immigrants), or are participating in KOTO activities.
The Employment Services Centre, Työpiste, offers help and guidance concerning employment. The main task of Työpiste is to bring work and workers together.
We serve you personally by phone, by mail and in appointed meetings at Työpiste. You can visit us also without an appointment. There are customer service terminals at your use to whose usage we offer guidance.
We serve the unemployed citizens of Turku in many ways. Information, guidance, counselling, training and jobs are available.
Looking for a site or premises for your business?
The City of Turku has vacant industrial and office sites suitable for businesses. The mode of assigning may be chosen; either a purchase or rent. A building obligation will be put on the site based on negotiations.
Vacant sites of the Turku region may be browsed with the business sites search tool. You may apply for industrial and business sites with a free-form application without deadlines. The duration of the application processing is case specific.
Applications and enquiries may be sent to:
Central Administration Procurement Services of the City of Turku provides goods and services needed for its residents and for the use of service sector within Cityconcern. Central Administration Procurement Services issues public tenders for all procurements for goods and services with a value exceeding the national threshold value and that are therefore subject to competitive tendering in accordance with the Procurement Act. The tendering process for construction projects is managed by Urban Environment Division and Real Estate Services Centre.
Change of ownership and change of generation
Changes of ownership should be initiated at an early stage so that everything can be done systematically and thoroughly. The process may take years, be the continuator from within or outside the family circle.
Change of ownership is one of the biggest events in a business’s life cycle. When done right it gives the business new steam, but if organized poorly it may interrupt the operations of even a healthy business.
A business mentor is a reliable partner for an entrepreneur
Every entrepreneur will encounter times when having a more experienced person to discuss business with would be a good idea. For an entrepreneur, or someone intending to become one, a business mentor is a confidential partner to develop ideas with. A business mentor is a sparring partner and a coach who observes from outside and brings out matters and circumstances that may have escaped the attention of the entrepreneur.
Turku Science Park offers support with developing a business, accelerating research and product development as well as with finding funding. Turku Science Park helps with building partnerships in co-operation and with finding skillful employees.
Do you need a temp for a fixed-term project or are you looking for an intern for your company?
There are tens of thousands of young people studying in various higher education institutions (HEIs) of Turku, and their potential is at the service of your company. Hiring a student as an intern means you will get a skillful and enthusiastic employee in your work community. Projects conducted as student group work are an efficient way to get a fresh perspective for your company’s use.
Business service centre Potkuri offers consultation for businesses in the Turku region.
The most common questions posed by entrepreneurs can be found from the virtual service Keijo in Finnish. Questions and answers include topics such as financing, premises, taxation and licenses.
Advice in energy and material efficiency matters can be inquired from Valonia, the Service Centre for Sustainable Developmentand Energy of Southwest Finland.
Are you planning on starting a business?
Starting a business requires a business plan, onto which the business idea and its functionality have been recorded as clearly as possible. Business Service Centre Potkuri answers to questions about starting and developing a business in the Turku region. Its services are free of charge.
Help is also available on the internet, for example on the guide for starting entrepreneurs by Uusyrityskeskukset.
Gym training is a versatile and safe form of exercise which suits almost everyone.
At Turku City's gyms you can train either independently or in a group with an instructor. If you are not familiar with gym training, you can learn the basics by joining a gym ABC course. Some of the gyms can also be reserved for the use of your own group.
The age limit at the gyms is 15 years. 13–14-year-olds are allowed to train with a parent or a coach present.
Kupittaa Sports Centre is located 2 km southwest of the city centre. The sports centre is part of the Kupittaa park area which is the biggest, oldest and widest city park in Finland.
Impivaara Sports Centre is located about 3 km north of the city centre. The sports centre has a variety of sports possibilities all year around.
The following facilities are located in the Impivaara area:
The service areas subordinate to the Cultural Committee offer versatile cultural services to residents and tourists. The committee develops cultural services as well as promotes and supports cultural activity by providing financial assistance and grants to associations and artists from Turku.
In addition, the Cultural Committee makes decisions about common matters concerning more than one service area or unit within the Division.
The Cultural Committee consists of 13 members and an equal number of vice members chosen by the City Council for its operating period.