Annual Business and Technical Conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks 24.-26.6.2015

Well-being expertise, beautiful nature and enjoyable living

Kuopio is widely known as a competitive, caring and tolerant urban centre of well-being expertise. Kuopio is also a major university city in Finland, located just 45 minutes flight away from capital Helsinki. The city of Kuopio has made many strategic choices to enhance the well-being of its citizens. 


One third of Kuopio’s total area is water and half is covered by forests. Water, rich flora and hilly scenery are the essential characteristics of Kuopio. Beautiful nature and a pleasant living environment with good quality of services make Kuopio a city with proper quality of life.

Although Kuopio is a modern, developing growth centre, the inhabitants have not forgotten their roots – the genuine, positive local atmosphere is highly appreciated today. In addition to its friendly citizens, Kuopio is also well-known for several events like the international Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland Ice Marathon and a diversity of other activities.