Greetings, new Espoo resident
Welcome to your new home city!
Did you know this?
- The Mayor of Espoo is Jukka Mäkelä.
- We celebrate the 50th anniversary as a city in 2022, but the history of Espoo dates back to the 15th century. Fall in love with your celebrating city!
- Instead of just one centre, Espoo has five.
- Espoo is a bilingual city, with English being established as the third service language.
- Espoo residents value nature, and they don’t have to go far to enjoy it.
- Espoo has more islands than Hawaii.
- See how Espoo residents perceive their city
Would you like a cup of coffee?
Ask your neighbour how they are doing and invite them over for a cup of coffee. The postcard you received entitles you to a 10% discount on selected items at the participating café’s. The postcard can be used as a discount coupon at the following cafés (websites are in Finnish):
Living in Espoo
In Espoo, you are always close to nature. Forests cover nearly 60% of Espoo’s land area, and we have approximately 58 kilometres of shoreline. Espoo even has more islands than Hawaii, for example. Our city is also special because instead of just one, we have as many as five city centres: Leppävaara, Tapiola, Matinkylä-Olari, Espoonlahti and Espoon keskus.
To make it easier for you to find services in the vicinity of your new home, we have created a map service with information on daycare centres, schools, hospitals and health and dental centres in Espoo(external link).
Studying in Espoo
Higher education is offered by Aalto University(external link), Laurea University of Applied Sciences(external link) and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences(external link), so there’s plenty to choose from.
At Omnia, you can complete a vocational qualification(external link), acquire new skills or supplement your existing competence. Also, check out the Finnish School of Watchmaking(external link), a private vocational institution.
Finding a job
Espoo is home to more than 680 international companies providing job opportunities, with important technology campuses in the Otaniemi and Keilaniemi areas forming the heart of Espoo’s innovation ecosystem.
Our employment services, Employment Espoo, will help you find your strengths and move forward in working life. Maybe your next job is with the City of Espoo? Read more about the job opportunities on offer and apply to work for the City of Espoo!
Being an entrepreneur in Espoo
Entrepreneurship is about the desire to evolve and develop something new, as well as the enthusiasm to realise your ideas and dreams. The Business Espoo business service network is there for you at all stages of your entrepreneurship. If you are still at square one and need coaching with your business idea, book a business advice appointment(external link).
Getting around Espoo
Efficient public transport is an essential part of mobility in Espoo, with approximately 20% of Espoo citizens’ journeys taken by public transport. You can get around Espoo by bus, train, metro or city bike.
Helsinki Region Transport, commonly known as HSL, is responsible for organising public transport in Espoo. If you have a smartphone, we recommend downloading the HSL mobile app(external link). This way, you will always have the ticket shop and Journey Planner with you.
From spring to autumn, you have access to city bikes that get you to your destination in an efficient and eco-friendly way(external link). Espoo has a total of 105 city bike stations.
Events and culture
Having friends play a big role in making one feel at home, and events provide good opportunities to meet new people. Our website compiles various events organised in Espoo. You can also get to know Espoo residents at various events organised by Helmet(external link), the network of Helsinki Metropolitan Area libraries.
We recommend everyone to check out the diverse and high-quality cultural and leisure services on offer(external link).
Outdoor activities and hobbies
Enjoy outdoors all year round! Enjoying nature is easy by, for example, exploring the nine nature trails maintained by the city. Nature trails provide a good overall view of the diverse and varied nature we have. In particular, we recommend you to check out Espoo archipelago and the archipelago boats, as well as the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Nuuksio(external link) and Central Park(external link). Our website includes a comprehensive listing of outdoor and indoor sports facilities and outdoor recreational routes.
If you moved to Espoo with a dog, check out the nearest dog parks on a map(external link)!
How about starting a new hobby? You can explore the many hobbies and recreational opportunities available in Espoo through the Harrastushaku search site(external link).
Many ways to participate and make a difference
As a citizen, you can participate in improving and making the city more attractive in various ways. The easiest way to have your say is to provide electronic feedback(external link) through our website.
At the Meet the City! events, you can discuss ways to increase or improve the opportunities for resident participation with Marion Ticklén, the Development Manager in charge of resident involvement.
Take care of nature and make your surroundings more comfortable by participating in community efforts. You can also organise a community effort yourself. Community efforts can be organised to help a relative, acquaintance or neighbour, manage the affairs of the housing company or support the activities of a sports club, for example. A community effort is unpaid volunteer work that usually does not require specialist skills.
Follow our communications
- What is going on in the city? What is being developed right now? What exactly were the opening hours of the swimming pools? Visit our website for up-to-date information on topical issues.
- Espoo Magazine is the City’s newsletter for Espoo residents. You will receive the magazine four times a year by mail.
- Service Points are City of Espoo’s customer service points, where you are always welcome to visit! We are happy to instruct and advise you with e-services and any other issues related to the City of Espoo or our partners.
- The Hello Espoo Info can help you with all kinds of everyday issues in Finnish, Swedish or English or in your mother tongue via a telephone interpreter.
- Remember also to follow our social media channels.