Kuopio is the heart of eastern Finland and one of the most dynamic cities in Finland when it comes to housing construction, appeal, jobs and population growth. Kuopio has a population of approximately 120,000, with nearly one million people living in the city’s sphere of influence. There are more than 5,400 businesses in the urban area, offering approximately 50,000 jobs. There are more than 200 export companies in the northern Savo region.
Kuopio is internationally known for its know-how and research in health care technology, clinical medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. The Kuopio region intensively invests in research, development and innovation work and is building a globally competitive platform for the commercialisation and globalisation of innovations.
Kuopio is a health, well-being and security know-how cluster that provides services promoting the well-being of residents. The strategic goal of the City of Kuopio is to become a trailblazer in well-being, the environment and health. Kuopio has been an active member of the WHO Healthy Cities Network already since 2005.