City of Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. It received its charter in 1606, during the reign of Charles IX of Sweden and is named after the Royal House of Vasa. The city burned down in 1852 and was moved to its present location in 1862. Vaasa acted as the capital of Finland from 29.1.-3.5.1918.

The Nordic Energy Capital today is a unique combination of modern internationalism, young enthusiasm, innovative know-how as well as peace and tranquility.

  • Inhabitants approx. 69 000 
  • A cultural melting pot, with residents speaking 97 native languages.
  • Finnish speaking approx. 67%  
  • Swedish speaking approx. 23% 
  • Other languages approx. 10% 
  • An innovation hub with 6000+ companies, including 180+ in energy.
  • Driving 30 % of Finland’s energy technology exports for a greener future.
  • A learning community, with every fifth resident being a university student.

 

Every year, the area of ​​the Vaasa region grows by the equivalent of 150 football fields, thanks to the fastest rising land in the world (8 mm / year). Due to this unique phenomenon, the Kvarken Archipelago has been selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the only natural heritage site in Finland.