The town of Saarijärvi is a regional centre set in an area of exceptional natural beauty in north-western Central Finland. The town successfully combines modern town life with the idyll of living close to nature and, for many Finns, is a model place to live. The town covers an area of 1,030 km2, of which 15% comprises lakes and rivers. The town has some 10,000 inhabitants, around half of which live in the town centre or immediate suburbs.
The town has a versatile structure of enterprise and industry. The town's leading enterprises operate in the electronics industry and the metal industry, with the graphic industry and wood industry also well represented. Major local business developments also are underway in the field of bioenergy. Bioenergy and the natural resources sector as a whole is the town's field of specialisation. Our expertise in this sector is concentrated around the Saarijärvi Institute of Natural Resources (linked to the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences) and the production of leading upper secondary education in the field.
The town has entered a new phase of growth and development resulting from its close cooperation with enterprise and educational institutions. We are able to provide companies with excellent office, commercial or industrial premises both quickly and competitively. Housing options in and around the town are plentiful and a number of new housing projects are currently under construction. For those dreaming of building their own house, Saarijärvi offers some outstanding lakeside and hillside plots.
Saarijärvi enjoys a rich and lively cultural and sporting life and is a growing centre for tourism. Its central location not far from the Helsinki-Lahti motorway (4) (E75) and just off national trunkroad no.13, make Saarijärvi an easily accessible all-year-round holiday destination.
The town is situated amidst a diverse landscape of forested hills and esker ridges. The town maintains a versatile network of recreational forest trails for skiing, walking, jogging etc. both close to the town centre and in the surrounding forest areas. The town's forest track network is also supplemented by additional forest tracks maintained by the local village communities. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, the town's ski centre boasts international competition level facilities for cross-country skiing. In summer, the ski routes provide excellent routes for hiking and forest berry and mushroom picking. The region's natural abundance of lakes, rivers and rapids are a watersporting paradise for fishing, canoeing and boating and provide an idyllic setting for summer cottage and forest cabin retreats.