Southwest Finland is situated by the coast of the Archipelago Sea. Here maritime athmosphere meets urban city culture, a rich history is combined with high technology and global top know-how.
The expertise in Southwest Finland creates products ranging from medicine to the world’s biggest and most environmental cruise ships. The marine industry is a major employer in the region and represents global top competence. The research and development in biosciences is world class. Southwest Finland is also our country's food granary. Creativity and culture have shaped life in this region throughout ages.
Southwest Finland is a diverse educational region, and Turku has been selected the best student city in the nation.
Southwest Finland's central location as a gateway to the West makes it an important international actor in the Baltic Sea area.
By its population, Southwest Finland is the third biggest region in Finland. Almost 6 % of 473 000 inhabitants speak Swedish as their mother tongue. There are 27 municipalities in Southwest Finland, Turku is the fifth biggest city in Finland.
For centuries Southwest Finland was the centre of Finland, and Turku, the oldest city in Finland, was our nation’s capital. The Vikings’ eastern route went through the archipelago already in the 800s.
Southwest Finland is known for its unique archipelago comprising over 20,000 islands.
The nature of Southwest Finland consists of oak groves, beaches and islands by the sea, river valleys and meadows.
The nationally valuable cultural environments of Southwest Finland consist of medieval churches, castles and manors.