Lahti has always been an important logistical route and marketplace, because of its great location close to the capital Helsinki, airports, and harbours. The City of Lahti is the governmental, business, and cultural centre of the Lahti region. City of Lahti is the ninth largest city in Finland with a population of 120 000 inhabitants and in the Lahti region approximately 200 000.
Lahti is highly motivated to build a more sustainable future, and its current priorities are circular economy, electric transportation, and new energy production solutions. The city has been taking determined steps to promote sustainability for decades. Lahti strives for net-zero emissions by 2025 as the first major city in Finland.
Lahti is the capital of Finnish winter sports. Lahti’s stunning natural surroundings and experience in hosting major public events boost the image and appeal of the whole of Finland as a home of sustainable sporting events and a sports tourism.
Unique and local specialties
• Lahti has hosted FIS Nordic World Ski Championship seven times over the years.
• 100 years of FIS Nordic World Cups.
• Lahti is European Green Capital 2021.
• Salpausselkä ridges can be seen from space.
• UNESCO Global Geopark designation to Salpausselkä Geopark in 2022.
• Lahti was listed as one of the best destinations to go – by CNN travel (2022)
• Lahti is carbon neutral city in 2025.
• Lahti is one of the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities.
• Sibelius Hall is rated as one of the best concert venues in the world and the home of world famous Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
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