Living in Kouvola

Welcome to Kouvola

In the heart of South-Eastern Finland the city resides next to the Kymi River (Kymijoki), surrounded by forests. Kouvola is a city of sports, culture and nature and a rare mix of urban and rural.

We have a population of about 81 000, 450 lakes and over 7 500 summer cottages. We are one of the largest centres of rail transport and logistics as well as the largest garrison city in Finland.

Kouvola – Centre for South East Finland

Kouvola is a city for active people, in the middle of everything. Life feels exciting and worth living.
There is room for people and ideas.

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Something for Every Taste

Kouvola has something for every taste; the region is a very popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, just as it is with people seeking to relax and to get away from it all. Families are thrilled about Tykkimäki, the third largest amusement park in Finland.

Working and living in this city is easy. The cost of living is considerably lower than for example in the Helsinki capital area. Services are within easy reach.

On VisitKouvola’s website you can check out places to visit and upcoming events!

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Elections to the European Parliament 2024


The next elections to the European Parliament, or European elections, will be held in Finland in June 2024. By voting in the elections, you can have a say on who will represent Finland in the European Parliament for the next five years.

  • Election day on Sunday 9 June 2024 from 9 am. to 8 pm.
  • The advance voting period is from 29 May to 4 June 2024 in Finland

The European elections will be held simultaneously in all EU Member States.

A total of 720 Members of the European Parliament, or MEPs, representing the citizens of the European Union will be elected to the European Parliament. Fifteen MEPs will be elected in Finland. Once elected, the MEPs usually join a European political group.

Make your dreams come true in Kouvola

Functional everyday life, realizing the dreams of living inexpensively and high-quality leisure time are a reality in Kouvola. Services and activities are close by, as is nature. There are options for living from the city center to more quiet agglomerations and lively rural villages.

Kouvola has career opportunities in various fields and opportunities for high-quality teleworking, as well as study opportunities.

Discover what Kouvola has to offer!

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Give feedback

The City of Kouvola wants to hear from you. We welcome feedback on your experience, our processes, decisions and services. We use feedback from you to monitor and improve our services for the benefits of all our customers and the public. Normally we’ll reply in five working days.

You can send your message anonymously, but if you wish for a personal answer we need to have your contact information.

You will find the feedback link below and in the top navigation of the pages.

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This website has been developed as a measure of the International Workplaces and Experts in South Karelia and Kymenlaakso project.

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