Jyväskylä prides itself on being one of Finland’s most rapidly expanding cities, and the region boasts over 10,000 businesses. With two ambitious projects about to be completed, the city is taking its reputation as a city of sport, education and wellness to a whole new level.

Business Jyväskylä highlights success stories in the region, often called the heart of urban Finnish Lakeland, located right in the middle of the country. The city is known for its longstanding history in sport, education and wellbeing, hosting over 5,000 events annually: from Neste Rally Finland to art exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances, making the city a popular travel destination for visitors and businesses from across the globe.

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LEFT: ANNE SANDELIN, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT BUSINESS JYVÄSKYLÄ. PHOTO: HANNA-KAISA HÄMÄLÄINEN, RIGHT: HIPPOS2020: A HUB FOR SPORT, OFFERING EVERYTHING FROM FIRST-CLASS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VENUES TO WELLNESS SERVICES. PHOTO: PES-ARKKITEHDIT OY

Creating a new hub for sport and physical recreation

The presence of Jyväskylä University also means that there is no shortage of knowledge, young talent and fresh ideas bouncing around the city. The university has the country’s only Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, focusing on sport innovation and research. It is with this in mind that the city has launched its most ambitious and exciting project to date: Hippos2020, a hub for sport, offering everything from first-class indoor and outdoor venues to wellness services.

Aimed at enthusiasts and professional athletes alike, Hippos will have top-quality sports facilities, and will combine sports education and research with competitive sports. When it is completed, in four years’ time, Hippos2020 will become the largest complex dedicated to physical recreation and sport in the Nordics.

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PHOTOS: JKMM ARKKITEHDIT OY (LEFT), HANNA-KAISA HÄMÄLÄINEN (RIGHT)

Building a hospital of the future

In addition to Hippos2020, the city’s new central hospital, Nova in the Kukkula area, is due to open next year. Preventative healthcare solutions and patients’ wellbeing will be the hospital’s main focus, and it will be part of a larger project to create a centre of expertise in the health and social sectors. It will include a state-of-the-art laboratory, embracing cross-disciplinary research, including development, innovation and education.

“The presence of our university, along with a number of prominent companies, ensures that Jyväskylä is able to compete on a global scale when it comes to business. Our mission is to provide information about services to help expand business operations and lend a helping hand to support start-ups. We know the right people and have extensive networks, and we are able to introduce a whole package to businesses looking to make a move here,” concludes Anne Sandelin, director of business development at Business Jyväskylä.

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TEXT: NDÉLA FAYE | PHOTOS© LEO NUUTINEN/HANNA-KAISA HÄMÄLÄINEN

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