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Information package for people moving to Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä is a cosy and rapidly developing city with 148,000 residents in the middle of Finland. Jyväskylä is known in particular as a high-quality education city and the sports capital of Finland.

Jyväskylä has a good reputation, and for a good reason. According to studies, Jyväskylä is one of the most sought-after moving destinations in Finland, year after year.

Nowadays, many people think about what is important in life. More and more Finns want to invest in health, a meaningful combination of everyday life and work, a more comfortable living environment and cheaper housing costs. 


Where can I find work?

In many families, jobs can hinder moving to a new city – is it possible find interesting and challenging work that matches your education in Jyväskylä? The answer is a resounding Yes. Today, flexibility is also possible: expert work in particular can be done independently of time and place.

Companies are increasingly open to setting up new offices in Jyväskylä to keep their key players in the house and satisfied. There are several co-working facilities in Jyväskylä where you can set up an office very easily. Take a look at the possibilities offered by Crazy Town, Kielo and Digi & Game Center for example.

If you do cannot find a suitable option, please note that many executive search agencies also offer services to job seekers. You can leave them your contact information and let an expert look for a job that suits you.

Learn more about open positions in Jyväskylä

At the moment, there are many interesting jobs available in Jyväskylä. It is worthwhile to regularly check the recruitment pages of the companies and organisations in the Jyväskylä area. Many companies are also quietly seeking to expand their workforce, so if a company piques your interest, it is always worth approaching them directly to ask about job opportunities. You can get acquainted with the options available through the various job advert pages. 

Here are some to get you started:

Live in Jyväskylä, work remotely

The years of the pandemic changed the operating culture of companies significantly and increased the flexibility and location-independence of work.

One of the easiest ways to make a life change is to physically move to Jyväskylä, but continue to work for your current employer from Jyväskylä. In particular, remote working makes things easier for households of two adults, where finding a job for both parties may have been an obstacle to moving in the past.

Home in Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä is a lush and pleasant city in general, with the most important services of everyday life located less than half an hour away. Housing prices are competitive. The compact centre will become even more compact in the coming years through the construction of a new apartment buildings. It is possible to live in a detached house right next to the city centre, and a bit further away there are plenty of options for those who need peace and quiet.

Jyväskylä has seen substantial growth in recent decades, and completely new residential areas have been created in different parts of the city. These include Sääksvuori, Haukkala, Kortesuo, Kangas, Mankola and Rasinrinne. Residential areas such as Kauramäki and Kinkovuori are currently being built.

Apartments for sale can be found on the  Oikotie or Etuovi websites and other options can be found on the website of the City of Jyväskylä.

You can also check out available private plots on the website of the City of Jyväskylä.


Schools, day-care centres and preschools – always close by

A total of 36 comprehensive schools and three private schools operate in Jyväskylä. Teaching groups for pupils in need of special support are located at Huhtasuon yhtenäiskoulu school run by the City of Jyväskylä. Generaly upper secondary and vocational education is provided by Gradia Jyväskylä. Learn more about the basic education provision and services here.

The network of day-care centres offering early childhood education and care is also extensive. The network is complemented by private day-care centres and other providers of early childhood education and care. The strengths of early childhood education in Jyväskylä are the close cooperation between municipal and private early childhood education, as well as trained and highly professional staff.

At the day-care centres and schools of Jyväskylä, children learn and thrive in healthy, safe and modern environments. The aim is to arrange pre-school education for the child primarily at the day-care centre or school closest to their home.

And let’s not forget that Jyväskylä has excellent opportunities for lifelong learning. In addition to a versatile upper secondary education provision, it is possible to study in Jyväskylä at the University of Jyväskylä or Jamk University of Applied Sciences. Good educational opportunities are also evident from the fact that more than one third of Jyväskylä’s students have a university degree, for example.


A city the size of a student

In Jyväskylä, students have the option to choose. You can study almost anything you want. And change direction, if you feel like it. Learning is offered at four higher education institutions, several educational institutions or in education organised by Gradia, the third largest provider of general upper secondary and vocational education in Finland. Jyväskylä is not called the Athens of Finland for nothing. It is easy to meet a variety of people here. Almost one in three residents of Jyväskylä is a student. Students come from all over Finland – and more and more from abroad. In a group with multiple backgrounds, language skills and the range of dialects improve naturally.

There is no need to go anywhere after graduation. It may be that the city you’ve come to study in will become your new home. There are many companies in Jyväskylä that offer interesting tasks and career challenges. It is best to get networking well before graduation.


A platform for sustainable growth and a bright culture

Jyväskylä’s vibrant and inclusive cultural offerings immerse you regardless of your age and background. The city is known for major cultural events such as the Jyväskylän kesä, the SuomiPOP festival and the City of Light event in autumn. Colourful cultural delights throughout the year are also offered by  Jyväskylä City Theatre, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra and the city’s museums.

As a resident of Jyväskylä, you have the opportunity to enjoy culture and participate in its creation and production. Learn something new at the Adult Education Centre, visit your local library or explore the offerings of independent cultural services.


In Jyväskylä, you’ll live the sports capital of Finland

Jyväskylä is not called the sports capital of Finland for nothing. Jyväskylä is not only a centre of research and expertise in high performance sports and the hometown of many professional athletes, here, even ordinary people are more active in sports than the rest of the country. Opportunities for sports can be found in more than 70 sports and more than 200 clubs.

In recent years, Jyväskylä has invested in the development of outdoor sports facilities, for example. Rantaraitti, a route that goes around Jyväsjärvi, is popular with joggers and cyclists, and Green Loop is a unique park-like hiking trail right in the city centre. Almost everywhere you can find jogging trails and easy-to-access exercise opportunities. Learn more about Jyväskylä’s comprehensive sports opportunities.

Jyväskylä is surrounded by a diverse network of ski trails and hiking trails, and the Pyhä-Häkki, Etelä-Konnevesi and Leivonmäki national parks are less than 100 km away.

Hobbies and well-being

In Jyväskylä, hobbies are available for people of every age. You can learn more about the various hobby opportunities on the city’s hobbies page.

In matters related to health and well-being, Jyväskylä is served by health and social centres of the Wellbeing Services County of Central Finland, the latest of which is located in the most modern central hospital in Finland, Hospital Nova, which opened its doors in 2021. The online health services appointments have been actively developed, and you can get the help of a professional as a digital service even from your own sofa at home. A wide variety of social services provide support if you experience challenges in life or if there are concerns about a child’s development, for example.