Welcoming Guide

City of Joensuu


Joensuu is a university town and the lively capital of the North Karelia. With the total population of 74 168 (of which almost 20,000 are pupils and students) Joensuu is the second biggest town in Eastern Finland. The educational institutions include e.g. Karelia University of Applied Sciences (4,000 students), University of  Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus (8,300 students) and a number of vocational colleges and upper secondary schools.

The city of Joensuu offers many possibilities for different kinds of activities. High-quality cultural events and the clean environment increase the attractiveness of the city. More information can be obtained from the Joensuu Tourist Office, located in Carelicum.

Joensuu in a Nutshell 1.1.2015

Inhabitants  75 848
Area km2 2 751 km2
Population density inhab./km2 31,5
Foreign citizens living in Joensuu 2280

Biggest employers City of Joensuu, North Karelian Hospital, University of Eastern Finland, North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium,  Pohjois-Karjalan Osuuskauppa (PKO), Abloy Ltd, John Deere Forestry Ltd, Posti Oyj, Thermo Fisher Scientific Ltd and Ouneva Ltd. 


Joensuu Tourist Office – www.visitkarelia.fi
University of Eastern Finland - www.uef.fi
Joensuu Science Park Ltd. - www.tiedepuisto.fi
Online magazine Joensuu Region – www.joensuuregion.info

Map for exchange students with pointed places.


North Karelia

North Karelia is the easternmost province of Finland with a population of approximately 170,000. About 70 % of the area is covered by forest. North Karelia is divided into municipalities, each offering various cultural and exotic seasonal travel activities from river rafting to wilderness survival experiences throughout the year.