Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia province, which is the easternmost region in Finland. Population of Joensuu is around 73.000 and the entire North Karelia 165.000.
Whatever the time of year Karelia, with its truly unspoiled surroundings, pure, crystal clear water and clean air, its vibrant spring and warm, verdant summer which turns to a beautifully brown autumn and snowy winter, is a holiday destination beyond compare.
To many, Koli hill is Finland's most beautiful natural attraction. Koli National Park and the surroundings provide a unique combination of internationally recognized natural and cultural attractions together with a broad range of quality tourist services in all seasons: http://www.koli.fi/In-English/Frontpage.
The region's leading industries include the forest, wood, food, plastic, metal, stone and tourism industry. Developing industries include film and gaming. Almost 30,000 students study at the multidisciplinary University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and other educational institutions
Joensuu, Europe's forestry capital, is a unique hub of forestry expertise, e.g.University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Forest Institute METLA, the headquarters of the European Forest Institute.
- Flight-time to Helsinki: 1 hour (438 km)
- Distance to Petrozavodsk in Russia: 368 km
- A train connection to Saint Petersburg: 407 km
- Distance to Murmansk: 1,056 km
- Distance to Moscow: 1,147 km
- 5-6 daily flights from/to Helsinki
- 4-5 hours by train, 4 daily trains from/to
- 5 hours by car
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