History & Heritage
King Carl IX founded the city of Oulu in 1605 in the mouth of the Oulu River. The Oulu River delta is an ancient trading centre. From a city of tar and salmon engaged in international trade, Oulu has developed into a competence centre of 141.000 residents, well-known within high-tech circles all over the world.
A Fine Tourist Attraction
Also travellers from around the world find Oulu in numbers increasing each year. Oulu is easy to reach from the big centres of Europe. This, together with the busy airport in Oulunsalo, has made Oulu an excellent choice for holidays and conferences.
The Four Seasons
It is indeed easy to reach Oulu any time of year. Bright, warm summers and cold, snow-rich winters are both present in the cycle of seasons. Versatile shopping, cultural and restaurant services guarantee unforgettable experiences for travellers. Oulu hosts events throughout the year. Especially the summer is a time for numerous interesting events - such as Reindeer Feria and Air Guitar World Championships - that spice up the wide selection of events Oulu has to offer.
Experiences for Kids
There’s plenty to do and experience for visitors of all ages, including the youngest ones in the family. For instance Science Centre Tietomaa, the Vauhtipuisto speed park, the Oulun Eden spa and the wonderful Nallikari beach will be warmly remembered by the smallest travellers too. Thanks to the wide Oulu region, nature experiences are close to you.