The City of Light cooperates with the higher educational institutes of Jyväskylä in the following ways:
The City of Light business collaboration includes
- Lighting designers, consultants and contractors
- Lighting maintenance
- Event sponsors and supporters
- Development of city center, shopping centers and B&Ms
- Collaboration with restaurants and cafés during events
- Operators in the creative field and expert services
- Photographers, video recording, drone photography, marketing
In case you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact the City of Light team.
In conjunction with the City of Light event, a two-day seminar is held annually aimed at professionals in the lighting industry. The seminar has been held in Jyväskylä since 2008 and involves specialists and operators from urban planning and municipal engineering, architecture, electrical and lighting design, and light art. In recent years, contributions have been heard on topics such as light art, lighting maintenance, general lighting design, as well as various projects and product novelties.
LUCI, the Lighting Urban Community International, is an international association of cities of light founded by Lyon in 2002. The association aims to create an atmospheric nighttime urban environment by using illumination and to share experiences between cities. Additionally, LUCI acts as an active discussion forum for its members. The association is also responsible for promoting the importance of lighting globally as a tool for urban development and environmental planning.
In 2019, the City of Light event was held for the 14th time. The event had much to see and experience for the whole family, as the programme included 87 temporary light installations or ancillary events. At the same time, the event once again reached a new visitor record.Throughout three evenings, more than 130,000 visitors explored what the event had to offer. The public transport in the Jyväskylä region provided free rides in the event nights — over 40,0000 trips were recorded.
In Jyväskylä, there are already more than a hundred permanent lighting destinations designed to increase the sense of security and comfort in the city area and to provide experiences for locals and travelers alike. Permanent sites include bridges, facades, artworks, or other architecturally important locations. In addition, permanent sites can also be new experimental lighting sites, interestingly lit play equipment, or urban furniture combining art and light.
The joint exhibition of four famous Finnish textile artists Ariadna Donner, Soile Hovila, Aino Kajaniemi and Inka Kivalo in Craft Museum of Finland 4.1.-17.5.2020 brings out the variety of modern tapestries beautifully. The tapestries in the exhibition represent different techniques, approaches and styles according to their artists.
Known for her colourful animal and plant themed knits, textile artist Sirkka Könönen’s (1947-2018) production is on display in the Craft Museum of Finland’s Lobby Gallery 21.12.2019-1.3.2020, in The Colourer of the World – Textile Artist Sirkka Könönen exhibition. Her life was comprehensive as a textile artist, handicraft entrepreneur, and artist, and its abundance is brought out when we step into Sirkka’s colourful, fairy tale world.
Collaboration is important to the City of Light which is why it does diverse collaboration with various partners. The associates include companies, municipalities, educational institutions and organizations related to urban lighting and light art.
During the events, the City of light also cooperates with several partners from cultural fields such as theater, dance and visual arts.
The City of Light business collaboration partners include
The popular light-themed family event focusing on urban culture was organized for the first time in 2003, under the name “Light is in Jyväskylä”. The event was at the time Finland’s first event focused on architectural lighting, widely known for its professional seminar and experimental lightings.
The City of Light is an urban lighting development project coordinated by the City of Jyväskylä. The purpose of the project is to utilize the latest lighting technology in the city infrastructure and to create a safe, comfortable and energy-saving environment for residents, businesses and visitors of Jyväskylä.
1. For everybody’s benefit: remove your swimming costume/trunks and shower before entering the pool. Also wash your hair or wear a swimming cap. If you have long hair, tie it up. Hair ties are available from the life guard if necessary.
2. Shorts must not be used as a swimming costume. Swimming costumes/trunks are available for rent from the cashier!
3. Remove your swimming costume/trunks before entering the sauna. You may wear a towel.
4. Do not run in the pool area!
5. Show due consideration for others and allow them to swim undisturbed.
The initiative may be prepared in free form and submitted to the registry either by email or by post:
Visiting address: City Hall, Vapaudenkatu 32
Mailing address: PL 193, 40101 Jyväskylän kaupunki
Phone: +358 14 266 0888
In Jyväskylä you are able study according to the Finnish comprehensive school curriculum in English and Swedish.
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.
All 6-year-old children and those 5-year-old children who are included in extended compulsory education have the right also to a free pre-school education. Participating in pre-school education is optional. Pre-school education is given in the daycare centres and in some schools. The daycare centres and schools have a common curriculum.
Pre-school education follows the schedule for the school's academic year. Teaching is given on school days for approximately four hours a day.
To seventh year
Usually, students of seventh to ninth year go to the school located nearest their home. The school’s resources and the student’s particular subject choices may impact on the selection of the school location. Ultimately, the school location of the student is decided on by the provider of the education.
A student will receive a bus ticket if the distance to the nearest school (or the school allocated to him or her) is over 5 kilometres. If the student goes to another school, commuting is not paid for.
To first year
Compulsory education begins the year the child turns seven. A new school year always begins in August. Usually, the child goes to the school which is closest to his or her home. For the first to second years, if the distance to the school exceeds 3.5 kilometres, the City provides school transport. A school other than the nearest school must be applied for separately. Admission to another school depends on the capacity available at the school.
Jälkkäri – after-school activity for school goers
Jälkkäri, supervised after-school activity, is arranged in all schools with years 1 to 6. About 600 students attend Jälkkäri-activities in Jyväskylä. Jälkkäri is a pleasant combination of recreation and rest. A snack is also included in the programme. Jälkkäri aims to offer versatile and high quality activities as e.g. various hobby clubs. The presence of an adult ensures that it is safe to attend Jälkkäri after school. A small fee is collected for attending Jälkkäri.
Support for learning and growth
The task of the entire school staff is, in co-operation with the student's guardians, to support the pupil's school attendance, learning, as well as positive growth and development. If the student needs support, the student is provided with remedial education in his or her own class, individually with a remedial education teacher, in small groups, or remedial education groups. Depending on students’ needs, this support may be provided as enhanced support based on an individual learning plan, or full time special education.
School year 2020 - 2021
Autumn term begins on Wednesday 12th of August 2020
Autumn holiday: 12th - 18th October 2020
Autumn term ends 19th of December 2020
Christmas holiday: 20th December 2020 - 6th January 2021
Spring term begins on Tuesday 7th of January 2021
Winter holiday: 1st - 7th March 2021
School ends on Saturday 5th June 2021
Holidays during school year 2021-2022 to be decided in November 2020.
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.
Total operating expenses 2019 budget (Meur)
Loan payments 26,7 (2%)
Investments 82,8 (7%)
Interest expenses 6,7 (1%)
Business activities 132,4 (12%)
Urban planning and city infrastructure 56,2 (5%)
Culture and sport 50,7 (5%)
Education 224,3 (20%)
Social and health 447,0 (41%)
City administration 73,8 (7%)
Total expenses 1099,2 (100%)
Fees for municipal day-care
For day-care fees to be determined, parents should submit an income statement form and its appendices to:
Jyväskylän kaupunki, Palveluohjaus- ja kehittämisyksikkö, PL 82, 40101 Jyväskylä
Väinönkatu 1 B (4th floor).
Fees for private day-care
The family must apply for a service voucher for private day care. More information on service vouchers can be found futher on the page.
The seventh largest city in Finland, Jyväskylä received city rights in 1837. At the end of 2018, there were 141,305 people living in our city. That is 1,200 more than the year before. The increase is due to net internal migration. From 1 January 2009, the City of Jyväskylä, the Rural Municipality of Jyväskylä and the municipality of Korpilahti merged into one city, Jyväskylä.
City of Jyväskylä is situated at the northern end of the scenic lake Päijänne, 270 kilometres north from Helsinki.
Jyväskylä on the Move
With the population of 143 000, City of Jyväskylä is the seventh largest city in Finland. The number of residents and businesses in Jyväskylä is increasing rapidly. Increase in the number of inhabitants is one of the highest among larger cities in Finland. Jyväskylä is not only a popular place to study, but also an attractive option for relocation and a supporting platform for bold ideas.