Lappeenranta is known as an international university city in Finland. We are also the commercial centre of South-East Finland and the meeting point of the EU and Russia, 215 km from both Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Our location on the southern shore of Lake Saimaa makes us the region’s centre for tourism. Thus we are also competing with Helsinki for the largest share of tax-free sales in Finland.
Lappeenranta is home to approximately 72 000 smiling residents, and welcomes eight million tourists from across the border. Our big small city has a sociable atmosphere, plenty of opportunities for work and education especially due to Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), and a variety of cultural and sports events around the year. You never grow bored by Lake Saimaa! LUT has a visionary role in renewable energy solutions, and we continuously grow greener via various environmental programmes. Also the world’s first biodiesel plant is under construction in Lappeenranta.