10 reasons to choose Hämeenlinna

We proudly present 10 reasons why Hämeenlinna is the best city for your company.

1. The best location in southern Finland

The demographic centre point of Finland (weber point) is located in Hämeenlinna. Hämeenlinna can be reached in two hours by ¾ of Finns. It is located on the only Finnish Growth Corridor* that meets the European standards. This means a lower location risk, among other things. Locating yourself and/or your business in Hämeenlinna also decreases transportation costs. The city has good traffic connections. The major airports of Tampere and Helsinki, as well as the Port of Helsinki, are only an hour’s drive away.

* Growth Corridor Finland stretches from Helsinki to Tampere region as a string of cities. It forms the forefront basis of national competitiveness; more than 50 % of Finland’s GDP is produced in this area. Growth Corridor Finland is the biggest pool of workforce in Finland with more than 301 000 daily commuters.

2. Significant future investments

The sum of investments in Hämeenlinna will be approximately 800 million between 2015 -2030. This includes planned construction projects and regional development.

3. Shovel-ready vacant plots are waiting

Hämeenlinna has 15 different business districts, each with a specific profile. All plots are located within a 10-45 min drive from the city centre. The plot prices are merely a fraction of the Greater Helsinki Region’s rates. The ground quality is excellent for construction. We guarantee that we find suitable solution for you.

4. Skilled persons and versatile education supply

The city provides active co-operation opportunities in the fields of recruiting skilled personnel and developing competencies. Hämeenlinna is home to the Häme University of Applied Sciences, the Tavastia Education Consortium, and the Dairy Production programme of the Häme Vocational Institute. There are approximately 4,000 students living in the city and about 2,500 new graduates every year. We are constantly surveying local companies’ training and education needs, and tailored training and other solutions can be arranged even at short notice. Labour costs are lower than in the Greater Helsinki Region, for example, and the availability and retention of personnel is guaranteed. Hämeenlinna is nearly 100-% self-sufficient in workplaces.

5. Hämeenlinna is in seventh place (19) of the province ranking in population growth

6. “Human size” environment

The safe and beautiful environment and the uncongested traffic make living easier and more enjoyable. Hämeenlinna has been described as a “ten-minute city”: your home, workplace, amenities, hobbies and transport stations can all be accessed in ten minutes. It can also be described as a green city with abundant parks, and the element of water is also a strong feature with Lake Vanajavesi. The city offers a wide range of leisure time activities, with 150 sports clubs representing 60–70 different sports. Hämeenlinna-based teams are playing at the top national level in ice hockey and volleyball. In addition, local junior training in football (soccer) has been rewarded with European-level recognition.

7. Rich culture and event supply

Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city in Finland. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages, when the castle located in Linnanniemi was built. The city has a wide range of cultural offerings. Verkatehdas Arts & Congress Centre is the venue of choice for many operators in the fields of culture and arts. The Centre hosts numerous music concerts, exhibitions, conferences and other such events every year. The completion of the 9.5-hectare Kantola Event Park, which is suitable for various events, has made Hämeenlinna one of the major event venues in Finland. The AC/DC concert held in summer 2015 brought 55,000 visitors from around the world to Hämeenlinna.

8. Carefully considered infrastructure

Hämeenlinna has several traditional business districts with existing infrastructure solutions. Town planning is always carried out under a comprehensive approach, taking various needs into consideration.

9. Strong community support

Hämeenlinna welcomes all businesses! We have developed a well-functioning co-operation model to make relocation as easy as possible and to help you to establish beneficial contacts. We can make quick decisions and we have a tried-and-tested, seamless process extending from the moment we receive an assignment to the actual relocation.

10. Easy One-stop-shopping service

We provide businesses with comprehensive, premium relocation services that meet their needs regarding the relocation of all or some of their operations to Hämeenlinna, the establishment of a new unit, acquisition of a local company, or other such arrangements.

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