It is also the venue for a number of enjoyable cultural events with long traditions. The delightful natural scenery, with breathtakingly beautiful lakes and pristine forests, is characteristic of Central Finland.Nature in Central Finland is characterized by forests and lakes. Of the total area of close on 20,000 square kilometres, some 13,000 is covered by forest and over 3,000 by lakes.
In summer, the regions lakes and rapids are a major draw for fishermen, holidaymakers and nature-goers, while the snowy winter attracts both cross-country and downhill skiers. There is plenty to do in Central Finland, ranging from snowmobile safaris and snow-shoeing to hiking through the stunning scenery and canoeing on the abundant crisp, clear lakes.
The city of Jyväskylä is a bustling center of business and culture that lies in the very heart of Finland. It is, at one and the same time, cozy and international, youthful and innovative. The lively pedestrian street and the beautiful university campus right in the center of the city provide an excellent stage for a variety of events throughout the year. The city is also known for its many institutes and enterprises, its modern architecture and, especially, for its university.
Jyväskylä plays host to a wide range of cultural activities. Internationally, the city is perhaps best known for the architecture of Alvar Aalto, as well as for Graphica Creativa, an international triennale for graphic art. Congress and trade fair center Jyväskylä Pavilion is the venue for a number of domestic and international congresses and fairs each year, and also serves as the headquarters of the world championship car rally Neste Rally Finland.
Winding Down At The Summertime Jyväskylä: Jyväskylä Summer Festival And Neste Oil Rally Finland
During the summer it is time to relax in Jyväskylä, on the shores of Lake Päijänne, the second largest lake in Finland. Every year you can choose between the annual sailing race and Rally World Championship race, Neste Oil Rally Finland, the most internationally famous and largest event in the city. In addition both big and small city inhabitants and visitors are treated to the annual Jyväskylä Summer Festival... (Business Finland 2009)