Jyväskylä is particularly known as a city of education and sports. There are 130,000 residents, and about 30,000 of them are students. The university, the polytechnic and other occupational education institutes ensure a wide range of modern education, which also meets continuously changing business needs. The university´s Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one of its kind in Finland, which means that research and teaching operations in the field are strongly centralised in Jyväskylä.
Residents of Jyväskylä do daily physical activities and exercise more than on average. Jyväskylä is also known for its many top-notch athletes and successful sport clubs. Ski-jumpers, rally drivers, the Finnish ice hockey champions, JYP, as well as the multiple number one in Finnish baseball, Kirittäret, to mention a few, have provided moments of excitement and the joy of victory.
The dense city centre and the lively countryside constitute an excellent environment to live in. Approximately 110,000 residents live within a ten-kilometre radius from the centre, which means that the distances are short.
Päijänne, the second largest lake in Finland, is an essential part of Jyväskylä. Lake Päijänne provides magnificent boating, recreation, travel and fishing opportunities.
The pedestrian area and the continuously expanding city centre with their hotels, shops and restaurants are the pulsating heart of the city. The very centre is also where the travel centre for train and bus traffic is situated, as well as the Jyväskylä Paviljonki, one of the most significant congress, trade fair and event centres in Finland. Paviljonki also acts as the competition centre for the Neste Oil Rally. The Jyväskylä airport is situated in Tikkakoski, and it takes about twenty minutes to get there by car.
The youthful and active Jyväskylä is a versatile city of culture and events. There are theatres and concerts to suit all tastes. The city has dozens of choirs and successful performers of jazz and rock music. The region has the largest number of buildings designed by the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto than anywhere else throughout the world. Specialties in regard to museums include the Craft Museum of Finland, the Aviation Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum.
Jyväskylä offers activities for the whole family, and particularly for children, in the bedrock planetarium, water sport centres or adventure parks.