Welcome to the international Jyväskylä. There several multicultural groups, communities and gatherings in Jyväskylä.
Please find some of these here:
Co-operation between school and home has been specified in the curriculum. Parents have the primary task of raising their children. The school supports this task and is responsible for educating and teaching the student as a member of the school community. Parents’ meetings are an example of the forms of co-operation between the school and parents. Other forms of co-operation include teacher meetings, parents' association operations, and evaluation discussion in primary schools.
Finnish and foreign students can study in English in Kortepohja school from years 1 to 6 and in Viitaniemi school from years 7 to 9. The teaching language is English, but in art and crafts subjects and some optional subjects the students can have teaching in Finnish. The students’ language proficiency in English is tested before coming to the school.
Want to learn some Finnish or practise what you already can
- Find Finnish online language courses at InfoFinland
- See also online courses at Finnishcourses
- Find a list of all ongoing Finnish language courses available in Jyväskylä here.
Finnish language courses are organized by many educational institutions in Jyväskylä:
What health services can you use as an immigrant in Finland
You are entitled to use public health services in Finland if you have a municipality of residence in Finland. If you are unsure whether you have a municipality of residence in Finland, find out at the Local Register Office (maistraatti). Please find more information on InfoFinland.
The right to a municipality of residence depends on the following matters:
Name: Timo Koivisto
Date of birth: 2 January 1970
Family: married, two children
Matriculation examination 1989
Master's Degree in Laws, University of Turku 1995
Finnish native language
It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the City of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä is one of the most popular places in Finland to move to. The population of Jyväskylä is almost 143 000 and it's growing by 1 000 every year. Jyväskylä offers everything needed for quality living and successful business.
Moving on in your life - guidance for persons under 30 years of age
The One-Stop Guidance Center is a place where you can get help in matters related to work, education and everyday life. Almost 40 One-Stop Guidance Centers across Finland provide information and guidance fast and based on need.
Please find us on
AaltoAlvari Aquatic Centre is the most popular sports venue in the city. AaltoAlvari is originally designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto. It is a great venue for competitive and recreational swimming and other water activities. In AaltoAlvari one can also enjoy the spa section and join the instructed fitness classes. A specialty in AaltoAlvari is the senior gym, a gym equipped especially for the elderly.
In Jyväskylä, it is possible to organize variety of events and the city offers different facilities and venues. Sports events, concerts, festivals, and outdoor events are easy to arrange. In addition, there are lots of facilities suitable for meetings and congresses.
In order to get the right venue for the event, the search and booking process has to be done in good time.
For more information about venues, see our brochure: Hold a successful event in Jyväskylä
15th International Print Triennial
The fifteenth international Graphica Creativa triennale fills the Jyväskylä Art Museum with works by young artists.
Graphica Creativa 2019 – Hereafter features works by artists from invited art universities in four major cities: Helsinki, Oslo, Tokyo and Alberta. The focus is on printmaking students who present projects on themes important to them, accompanied by works by professors and teachers of printmaking.
A fresh breeze from France arrives at the Craft Museum of Finland in the autumn 2019 when a group of Normandy artisans, Élan de créateurs, present their works in two exhibitions. 11 artisans from different fields bring such contemporary handcraft and design to the museum as ceramics, textile creations, jewelry, works from recycled materials and art handcraft. The colorful and playful sales exhibitions include traditional techniques as well as inventive new ways of using the materials.
Cultural orienteering is an urban event opening the autumn season where exercise, outdoor activities and culture merge in a charming way. The event is suited for all age groups and open for everyone and free of charge.
You can walk, run, bike or dance from one control point to another - pick your own style!
In 2019 the events was organized for the 10th time. The event is part of the European Heritage Days.
Lasten Lysti is a children’s cultural festival offering a diverse programme full of high quality shows and events.
Sat 22.8. at 11-16. Viiru and Pesonen´s Summer at 14.
Laukkala farm, Petäjävedentie 1798, Tikkala
Mental health and substance abuse services
It is now easier for young people to get help and treatment with mental health and substance abuse concerns in Jyväskylä. Young people themselves or their relations can contact the service directly and no referrals are required. For example, loneliness, bullying and knots in family and friend relationships can be causing concerns. There may also be concerns about the use of intoxicants, gambling, lack of study or work placements or any other factor affecting everyday life.
The purpose of family counselling is to support families with children in different challenging life situations. In children’s matters, the services are mainly meant for children under the age of 13.
Family Counselling employs psychologists, social workers and a children’s psychiatrist, who usually meet families in work pairs. Jyväskylä's Family Counselling serves residents of the following municipalities: Jyväskylä, Hankasalmi, Joutsa, Luhanka, Muurame, Petäjävesi, Toivakka and Uurainen.
Families can contact the family counselling directly. No referral is needed.
Our services are meant for young people from 13 to 22 years old and their relatives, when there is reason for concern about
- mental state and anxiety
- sexual issues
- family crisis situations
- conflicts between young people and parents
- friendship and dating relationships
A young person can get in contact with the reception by themselves or with others, or under the guidance of other professionals.
If a child's parents are not married at the moment of the child's birth, the mother is registered as the only parent.
You can acknowledge paternity at a maternity cilinic only during pregnancy. After the child's birth, paternity is acknowledged at an appointment with a child welfare officer.
Custody, living arrangements, right of access and maintenance
When a child is born while his or her parents are married, both parents are his or her guardians. If the parents are not married, the mother is the sole guardian of the child.
15.6.–8.9.2019 Art Museum Gallery
Three years have passed since I came to Finland. The light, and the interweave of waters and forests captivated me and continue to fascinate me. In Japan I thought a lot about the power of nature and I tried to express its limitless strength in abstract images. I was looking for new ways of expression using metal, textiles and oxidants along side traditional Japanese painting mediums. But my experience of Finnish nature gave me new inspiration and completely changed me.
When completed, Hippos will become the most prominent Nordic center of exercise, sport, top-level sport, health promotion, well-being and events. Jyväskylä's Hippos2020 also combines sports research and technological product development into an internationally important assembly.
At the fastest rate, Hippos2020 can be completed by the year 2022. When completed, Hippos will be a central attraction for the Capital of Sport, Jyväskylä.
The city has been actively implementing the Neighborhood Sport Site - program since 2013. There are more and more sport sites added all the time, so we are on our way to construct the best ensemble in Finland.
Neighborhood sports sites are sport-environments that are suitable for a wide range of users in and around residential areas, and they have no divided shifts or charges. Jyväskylä is the first city with more than 100,000 residents that has completed a comprehensive report of the city’s neighborhood sports sites and a development plan until the year 2020.
1. The University of Jyväskylä has the only Faculty of Sport Sciences in Finland
2. The city is home to KIHU, Research Institute for Olympic Sports, and
3. LIKES, Research Centre for Sport and Health Sciences.
4. Studies show that the involvement of Jyväskylä’s adult population in sports and physical recreation is high by national standards. Roughly every third adult engages in recreational sport or exercises at least 4-6 times a week.