Turku Facts

Turku, located in the region of Southwest Finland, is one of Finland's biggest cities. The versatile livelihood structure, top class selection of education, culture, and services, as well as the beautiful archipelago, form a magnetic combination in Turku. In Turku there is everything, but still Turku is small enough that you can go almost everywhere by foot or bike. 

  • 194 000 residents
  • over 317 000 inhabitants in the entire region
  • 22 000 enterprises with a total of 147 000 jobs
  • more than 100 nationalities in the area.

Student-friendly city of Turku

A great portion of Turku residents are students: every fourth person is either student or professional in higher education institute. There are two universities and four university of applied sciences in Turku. All campuses are located near city center.

  • 40 000 higher education students
  • over 4000 international degree students or exchange students every year.

In Turku you can study in english as a degree student or an exchange student. More information about the possibilities you will find on

Old town but pretty funky

Turku is the oldest city of Finland and was founded in 1229. Turku has a compact size, perfect for exploring the exciting mixture of old and new. Reasonable living costs with many housing options, active student community, vivid cultural life and a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities guarantee that Turku offers the best quality of life and is a lucrative location also for skilled professionals.