Information about Espoo

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. The city is known as a hub of know-how, research and development, at the heart of which stands the Aalto University campus. Espoo won the international Intelligent Community Award 2018.

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:  289,731 (1/2020)
  • Number of city personnel: 14,626 (31.12.2019)
  • 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: 7,4 % (31 May 2019)
  • City Council: 75 members. National Coalition Party 26, Green League 17, The Finnish Social Democratic Party 10, The Finns Party 7, The Swedish People´s Party 6, The Centre Party 3, The Left Alliance 3, The Finnish Christian Democrants 2, The Liberal Party (Lib.) 1

More statistics can be found on the research and statistics page.