Kuopio is one of Finland’s largest cities, with 96,000 people, and is the capital of the North Savo region in east, central Finland. The region’s thousands of lakes and unspoiled forests make it a premier tourist and recreational center. It derives much of its economy from the wood and paper industry of this forested region. One-third of the area of Kuopio is water; the city is nearly surrounded by Lake Kallavesi.
Settled more than 500 years ago, the City of Kuopio was officially founded in 1782. Its historic City Hall and cathedral blend with the modern culture of the University of Eastern Finland. Overlooking the entire city and lake region is the Puijo Tower and recreation center, which hosts an international training site for ski jumping.
Kuopio is the home of several well-known cultural figures, including writer Minna Canth. It was the boyhood home of Finland’s former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari.
To learn more about Kuopio, go to http://www.kuopioinfo.fi/english/ and the Kuopio, Finland, page on Facebook.