Espoo is the second largest city in Finland and is located next to the capital city of Helsinki. The transport connections from the airport and the centre of Helsinki to Espoo are excellent.
The special feature of Espoo is an urban structure that relies on five different centres, dominated by detached houses that combine urban and rural living.
Espoo is a centre of international company headquarters and high-technology businesses. Many commute daily to Espoo from the neighbouring municipalities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Espoo is a fixed part of the public transport network of the Metropolitan Area.
The city is has gained international fame as a hub of know-how, research and development, at the heart of which stands the Aalto University campus.
Large natural areas are characteristic of Espoo: seashores, the archipelago, the wilderness in nature reserves and the waterways of the lake highlands. The cultural landscapes, constructed environments and natural areas of Espoo are like Finland in miniature.
Espoo in numbers
- Population: 265,646 (31 Dec 2014)
- Number of city personnel: 14 051 (31 Dec 2014)
- Five city centres: Espoon keskus, Espoonlahti, Leppävaara, Matinkylä, Tapiola
- Area: 528 km²
- Land area: 312 km²
- Water area: 216 km²
- Islands: 165
- Lakes: 95
- Seashore: 58 km
- Municipal tax: 18%
- Unemployment rate: 8.4% (31 Dec 2014, source: Statistics Finland, Labour Force Survey)
- City Council: 75 members National Coalition Party 29, Green League 13, The Finnish Social Democratic Party 10, True Finns and Non-Aligned 10, The Swedish People´s Party 7, The Centre Party 2, The Left Alliance 2, The Finnish Christian Democrants 2.