The Six Cities

The Six Cities Network is comprised of the six largest cities in Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. Some two million residents of Finland live in one of these six cities, representing over one-third of the country’s total population. The six largest cities are also home to over 40 per cent of Finnish jobs and produce 55 per cent of Finland’s gross domestic product.
The Six Cities: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku ja Oulu.
Coat of Arms of the Six Cities: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku ja Oulu.

The six cities are significant drivers of economic growth as well as major sources of innovation and investment. Cities train new talent and foster the development of communities that are socially just. In this way, they are vital for the entire county’s wellbeing. The largest cities are also often the prime implementors of social policies and for this reason they are instrumental in meeting challenges confronting the European Union, in addition to strengthening EU competitiveness. Growth originates in cities. 

 The close cooperation of the network also extends to the different administrative divisions and statistical city comparisons. 

Members of the convention of city managers

Juhana Vartiainen, Mayor of Helsinki
Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo
Kalervo Kummola, Mayor of Tampere
Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Vantaa
Ari Alatossava, Mayor of Oulu
Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku


Life in Helsinki is based on a common sense of openness, where residents are free to live their lives as they please and transform their dreams into a reality. Helsinki is a city that exudes joy, surprise, and immersive experiences, embracing an international feel. 
Research and statistic about Helsinki(Link leads to external service)

From Vallisaari towards Helsinki.
Photo: Julia Kivelä


Espoo is a pioneering city assembled around five dynamic urban centres. Its cultural diversity and responsible operations make it a good place to live and work and a safe place to learn, experiment and start a business. The residents of Espoo can truly have an influence.

Espoo info(Link leads to external service)

Photo: Elias Metsämaa, Filmbutik Oy


Vantaa is the fourth largest city in Finland, with a population expected to exceed 250,000 this year. Vantaa is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is also one of the youngest, both in terms of age and population. In just 50 years, Vantaa has grown from a small rural community to a bustling satellite city.

Vantaa info(Link leads to external service)

Helsinki Airport.
Photo: Sakari Manninen


Research shows that the city of Tampere has the most effective pull factor in Finland, as both the inner city and its peripheries are experiencing strong but sustainable growth. This can be attributed to its bold yet relaxed manner of getting things done and working towards goals collaboratively. As a city of just over 255,000 inhabitants, Tampere is recognised for its top skills, culture, events and academia.

Tampere info(Link leads to external service)

Tampere new tram.
Photo: Laura Vanzo


Turku is a city of culture, science, vibrant business life, and sustainable development. International atmosphere, historical milieu and the beautiful archipelago makes Turku an attractive city to live and travel.

Turku info(Link leads to external service)

Turku spring at the river.
Photo: Mika Kurkilahti


Oulu combines a humane and cheerful atmosphere, high-tech and entrepreneurship with a unique, innovative intelligent culture. Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026.

Oulu info(Link leads to external service)

Aerial view from Oulu.
Photo: Harri Tarvainen