People are laughing and wading in shallow water near the shore, the sun is shining brightly. The wading people have rolled up the legs of their pants or lifted the hems of their skirts.

A higher grade of living, what is that? At least high-quality housing with low costs, interesting job opportunities, lack of congestion, and comprehensive, functional services – not to forget the urban, green nature around!

A better, more inspiring, and more meaningful Oulu is being built together, continuously. The cultural city on its way to becoming the best in Europe offers events, activities, culture, and well-being. The service selection in the city is excellent and there are interesting employment opportunities for many tastes. Here you can get a top-notch education from toddler to doctor – in Finnish and in English.

The nature is close, but the city is bustling with urban life. The Oulu region offers the latitude’s best conditions for sustainable experiences and activities. And here is a free tip for all outdoor people: there is no end to playgrounds, forest trails and outdoor gyms that are open to all!

Among the most attractive cities in Finland

Houses by the river photographed from the air. In the centre, there are also some berths with boats parked.


You are welcome to live in Oulu, comfortably and more inexpensively than in other big cities. The compactness of Oulu means that although the city is wide you will never live far from where you are going. Get to know more about housing in Oulu.

A person is biking on a winter’s day on the dam bridge. The person has dark clothes on, and sun is shining behind them. In the background, vapour is rising from the river, and buildings along the Oulu River can be seen on the bank.


The 20-minute city means exactly what you think it does – nothing is far away! Getting around in Oulu and coming here is easy both by car and public transport. Two wheels are quite enough for swift mobility, too, for Oulu is one of the self-evident cycling capitals in the world. Get to know more about mobility in Oulu.

A person wearing a white shirt and black pants is skateboarding in a skate park decorated with colourful graffiti underneath a blue sky. The person is in the middle of a trick, and the skateboard is rolling around under their feet.


Oulu is always at its best! The city is a sustainably growing hub of activities, events, and experiences. One after the other, the activities in Oulu are enjoyable, accessible, and different. Get to know more about leisure in Oulu.

Our superpowers are the different people, neighborhoods, and Oulu’s rich and varied nature. We have the space, time, and opportunities for authentic encounters – of a higher grade°, naturally – that may change your life.