- Member State: Finland
- Residents: 320,000 (region)
- Urban Node: Turku
|Contact Person:||Marjo Uotila|
|Phone Number:||+35840 651 4724|
The City of Turku, with its surrounding municipalities, is an energetic centre of growth in South-West Finland. Turku is a city of science, culture and sustainable development. We seek to become an international model city of sustainable solutions and a pioneer of mobility.
Turku, founded in 1229, is the oldest city in Finland. There are 190,000 residents in Turku, and the Turku city region covers over 320,000 inhabitants. A great portion of Turku residents are students. The city has two universities and four higher education institutions with over 35,000 students altogether.
The city of Turku is the national leader of the Northern Growth Zone initiative, which covers the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor in Finland: the nodes of Turku and capital Helsinki, the airports of Helsinki and Turku, the ports of HaminaKotka, Helsinki, Turku and Naantali, the combined road and rail transport terminal in Kouvola and the waterways of Saimaa.
The Northern Growth Zone covers +50% of Finnish population, jobs, GDP and R&D&I investments. Further, two thirds of the Finnish maritime cluster is situated within the Northern Growth Zone.
“Our aim is to be the bridge between the Scandria Alliance, and the stakeholders of the Northern Growth Zone.
Turku’s ambitious goal is to become a climate-positive area from 2029 on. Climate policy is an integral part of our strategy and sustainable transport connections are crucial for achieving our goal.
The One-Hour-Train, a high-speed rail link between Turku and Helsinki, will be one of the most important pre-identified projects on the TEN-T corridor, connecting Finland to the European network.“
Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku