|Oulu is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets – hard
to settle in but impossible to leave once you do.
The air is clean, the people respectful, and the
environment safe. You can buy a wooden house by a
field and a winding lane or a flat bang in the
middle of the quiet city centre, at a price half
that in other countries. Summer has 24 hour sunlight,
and winter, sixty km away from the artic circle,
enough snow to faze a husky.
From berry-picking to reindeer flamenco to the
world winter swimming competition or air guitar
championships, Oulu offers freedom.
A growing city with an increasingly visible
expatriate population, Oulu has a complete lack of
overcrowding, and can seem as deserted as a Sunday
village – and yet has an airport, a technology
village, a theatre, a university, a stadium, a
seven-screen cinema, a symphony orchestra.
Moving country is a risk and no one should tell
you otherwise. The Finnish language is difficult and
beautiful. Locals can be friendly, open, and eager,
or eccentric and hesitant. With the space to stretch
your legs comes the possibility to get lost.
So let us help you, not convince you. Take a
virtual tour around this website, which we’ve tried
to make as honest and accurate as possible, the next
best thing to a plane ticket – and make up your own