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City Facts

The Sunny Pearl of the Kvarken!

The town of Vaasa was founded in 1606 by Charles IX around the oldest harbour and trading point in the area. In 1852, Vaasa was burnt to the ground, and in1862 the new Vaasa was built 7 km from the old town.

Vaasa is today an international city. Thanks to two languages (Finnish and Swedish) the Nordic and international contacts have always been very active and Vaasa has two of everything; i.e. newspapers, theatres, and seats of learning. International companies and universities make Vaasa an attractive place to work and study; in the past two years the population, workplaces and tax revenue have clearly increased. More than 30% of Vaasa residents have a university degree.

Thanks to short distances, Vaasa is an easy place to reach, live and meet. The grid pattern of the town plan in the Empire style has turned Vaasa into a spacious logical city. Five broad avenues and many fire lanes provide enough space for everyone to breathe. The culture life in Vaasa offers treasures from the Golden Age to opera and symphony concerts. The Kvarken’s shallow moraine archipelago is the only Nature Unesco World Heritage in Finland.

The city of Vaasa in a nutshell:
Population 58.597 (31.12.2008)
Finnish-speaking 69,8 %
Swedish-speaking 24,08 %
Other languages 5,4 %
The fire of Vaasa 1852
The Administrative Building:  
Vaasanpuistikko 10

Facts & Figures

Excellent non-stop flight connections from Helsinki and Stockholm, fast train connections straight to the city center from several towns all around Finland, and a ferry route from Sweden makes it easy to come to Vaasa. The airport situated only 10 minutes from the city center.


Distance from Helsinki:

45 min

4 hours 10 min  417 km


Meeting Facilities

The conference venues are located close to the sea and nature, yielding a stimulating environment for conferences and meetings. Vaasa can provide a wide selection of modern and well-equipped conference venues and hotels. Two large activity halls make it possible to host very large events in Vaasa.

The largest congress venue can accommodate 500 people and the largest activity hall can seat 5000 - 10 000.

Congress Vaasa is the convention bureau in Vaasa. Congess Vaasa represents all the partners in the meeting industry in Vaasa. Congress Vaasa will help you find the best in Vaasa.

Total Accommodation

6 hotels, 795 rooms, 1590 beds

Education & Research

Vaasa has around 12,000 students, which mad Vaasa the largest school town in Finland – proportioned to the population.

Scientific educational institutes include the University of Vaasa, the Swedish-language Åbo Akademi in Vasa, and Hanken, the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

The university has faculties in Humanities, Business Studies, Public Administration and Technology. 

Vaasa also has two Universities of Applied Sciences



Vaasa is a strong industrial city, flag-shipped by big international energy and electricity companies; Wärtsilä, ABB, Vacon, Citec Group, Vaasa Engineering Group and KWH Group.

Vaasa in also well known for its small size entrepreneurship.


Contact Congress Vaasa and it will be our pleasure to help you organize a memorable conference in Vaasa!

Maria Backman MSc. (Econ.) Meeting- and Congress manager

Your Contact in Vaasa
Vaasa Convention Bureau / City of Vaasa
P.O. Box3, FIN-65101 Vaasa, Finland
Phone. +358 (0)6 - 325 2900


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