Oulu city life
Oulu has a magical atmosphere and any visitor will instantly be charmed by the natural beautiful landscapes. Since a large part of Oulu’s population is comprised of young people, attractions and leisure venues have been transformed and adapted for students and youngsters. Whether you’re the type that likes to visit museums, spend your time in cafes or enjoying nature and sports, Oulu will satisfy your tastes.
Landmarks of Oulu include:
- The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum
- The Oulu Museum of Art (OMA)
- The Tietomaa science center
- The Turkansaari open-air museum
- The Arctic Gallery
- Holy Trinity Cathedral of Oulu
- The Market Square with the City Library
Admire the natural wonders of Oulu and see the archipelago around the Bothnian Bay. Make a visit to Hailuoto island and enjoy walks with the ferry in the summer or cross the frozen sea in the winter. If you’d like to try out fishing, canoeing, kayaking, or trekking, wander around Koiteli region, surrounded by rolling forested hills and rich vegetation.
Hupisaaret Islands, a large park in the estuary of the Oulu river is also a nice place to visit. Have fun with your peers and check out the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.
Oulu hosts many musical events like the Oulu Music Video Festival, the Air Guitar World Championships, the Musixine Music Film Competition, the annual rock festival Qstock.
If you’re into sports, support the local ice hockey, football, and basketball teams.
International atmosphere in Oulu
Oulu has one of the youngest populations in Europe and although the population is quite compact, you will still find minorities from Estonia, Russia, Sweden, China.
Oulu provides increased support to immigrants in terms of employment and cultural integration and is highly interested in attracting foreign investment. Since Oulu is a great technological hub, several foreign companies have opened a local office here.
Oulu has cold, snowy winters and short, warm summers. The average annual temperature is 3 °C (37 °F) and rainfalls mostly occur in the summer and fall. The daily high temperatures in the winter are between -4 °C (25 °F) and -6 °C (21 °F) and they range around 18 – 20 °C (64 – 68 °F) in the summer.