Saimaa Geopark Region Lappeenranta


Lappeenranta is an international university and tourist town on the southeast border of Finland. Development in the area is steered by eco-friendly values and actions. Once again named the climate capital of Finland, Lappeenranta on the shore of Lake Saimaa is a firm favourite among shoppers and nature tourists alike.

Lappeenranta wants to set an example as an environmentally friendly town. Cooperation between the town, university, university of applied sciences and regional entrepreneurs is packed with green energy and vitality. The university develops sustainable energy solutions and inventions relating to environmental protection for use by local businesses and others. Visible results have been achieved in the protection of waterways, such as Pien-Saimaa. Dedicated work is underway to reduce traffic emissions and waste.

The town creates a solid foundation for vitality by promoting fair and equal recreational opportunities for its residents and by ensuring a pleasant living environment. As city-centre services are increased, green axes are also being strengthened and inhabitants are encouraged towards a more physically active lifestyle.

Commercial services, an entrepreneurial mindset, lakeside nature and history all combine in a unique way in Lappeenranta. The harbour and historic fortress on the outskirts of the city centre are considered by residents and tourists alike to be the heart of the city, which is famous for its hospitality.