Central Finland (in finnish: Keski-Suomi) is one of the 19 regions of Finland. Despite its name, it is located in the southern part of the country and has borders with 7 other regions of Finland. The area is nearly 20 000 km2, yet a bit more than 276 000 people (2016) live in the region. This means that while travelling in Central Finland by car you will hardly ever get stuck in a traffic jam.

Central Finland belongs to the area commonly known as Lakeland. In fact, ¼ of the territory consists of lakes, channels and rivers. The largest lake in the region is Päijänne. It is also the second largest and the deepest lake in the country. This lake connects two major cities – Jyväskylä and Lahti, so if you ever want to see the best of the Lakeland, take a cruise in Jyväskylä and enjoy Päijänne views.

The administrative centre, and by far the largest city of the region, is Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä was officially established in 1837, and since then has developed into the centre of Finnish education, sports and culture. Currently there are over 138 800 inhabitants in Jyväskylä (2016). According to a number of surveys among Finns, Jyväskylä has been ranked as one of the top cities to move to and establish a family. Rather compact in size, it is a comfortable place to live with many events and recreational spaces.

The second largest city is Jämsä. It is a famous tourist destination with the largest in the region ski resort Himos and a great number of events, which include open-air music festivals, FinnMETKO Exhibition, and Neste Rally Finland. This city is also famous for its felt industry. Items made from felt are an excellent present or souvenir from Central Finland.

Other important tourism cities are Laukaa, Hankasalmi, Keuruu, and Äänekoski.

Having a large network of companies within the sauna industry and tourism, Central Finland received the title of the Sauna Region of the World in September 2015.

  • Total area

    19 948,48 km²
    lakes cover 1/4 of the territory

  • People

    276 196 inhabitants (2016)
    66 % lives in Jyväskylä area

  • Lakes

    3708 lakes
    the largest lake of the region is Päijänne

  • National parks

    Pyhä-Häkki National Park, Saarijärvi
    Salamajärvi National Park, Kinnula and Kivijärvi
    Isojärvi National Park, Kuhmoinen
    Leivonmäki National Park, Joutsa
    Southern Konnevesi National Park, Konnevesi