Joensuu – a city for studies and sports

Kuva: Metsähallitus

Photo: Metsähallitus

The national landscape opening over Pielinen-lake from the top of Koli, is one of the most famous nature destinations in Finland. North-Karelia is known for its foresty hills, of which you get to enjoy in Joensuu-Jukola. The name of Joensuu comes for its location at the mouth of Pielisjoki-river. The river, which flows also through Eno, divides the city in two and is the biggest river to flow into Saimaa.

The city of Joensuu is the provincial centre of North-Carelia and the 12th biggest city in Finland. It has 75,000 residents, one third of which are 25-year-old or younger. The young people are lured to Joensuu the multitude of educational possibilities: the Joensuu campus of the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia polytechnic, the North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium and the other educational institution.

Joensuu is Finland’s toughest endurance sport city – it’s the city of Kaisa Mäkäräinen, Jukka Keskisalo and Kalevan Rasti. Joensuu Sports Academy helps the athletes to combine their studies with their sporting careers. It is a part of the Finnish Olympic Committee’s Sport Academy Programme’s network of academies.

Joensuu is also the city of various events, where there is countless smaller and bigger events in the fields of both sport and culture.