Turku Region – Competitiveness from know-how

Turku Region

  • The third largest urban region in Finland: 317,000 inhabitants
  • Characterised by its international dimension with more than 100 nationalities resident in the area
  • The second busiest passenger travel port in Finland, with 3.5 million passengers in 2012.
  • Businesses 22,000
  • Jobs 130,000
  • Six HE institutions with 40,000 students
  • Municipalities: Kaarina, Lieto, Masku, Mynämäki, Naantali, Nousiainen, Paimio, Raisio, Rusko, Sauvo and Turku


The Turku region is the most entrepreneurially dynamic region in Finland

The Turku region, comprising the City of Turku and its surrounding municipalities is a thriving center of growth in the Baltic region. With a diverse economy, high-quality educational and cultural opportunities, excellent services and a stunningly beautiful archipelago, the area is a truly attractive destination for all.

The city’s history is of great national significance. The roots of the country’s many successes in the fields of economy, social welfare and arts and culture can be traced back to Turku, Finland’s oldest city, which is due to celebrate its 800th jubilee in 2029. Of course, no city thrives on the strength of its past alone. Today’s Turku is a nationally and internationally well-known university city with a thriving cultural and business sector.

The Turku region – with the drive to achieve and the skills to deliver

A highly educated population, dynamic business sector and a strong culture of innovation are some of Turku’s key strengths. In the Turku region, innovation means the ability to identify distinctive and bold solutions for regional and wider social challenges.

The region is a great place to do business: for many years, Finland’s most business-friendly municipalities have been found in the Turku region. The area’s continually evolving skills base, its dynamic sense of community and strongly international outlook are now heralding a new era for the region.

The Turku region is located in the Northern Growth Zone, a zone stretching across the Northern Baltic from Stockholm to St Petersburg. The Growth Zone brings together representatives from the area’s key stakeholders, including central and local government agencies, the business sector, higher education institutions and research and development bodies to foster new, innovative, sustainable and smart business activities, generate new jobs and prosperity and secure the welfare of the region as a whole. To secure competitiveness into the future, it is vital that a functional growth zone extending from Stockholm to St Petersburg is established.