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Hospitable Espoo

Espoo is the second largest city of Finland, situated westward from Helsinki with population of a quarter of one million people; this is a lot for such small country. But for the people who live in big cities, Espoo can be found as paradise, far from noise and vanity of megacities. The cosiness of northern city attracts thousands of tourists. Some of them even decide to stay here for ever - according to 2008 almost 10 % of the population were people from the other countries.

Espoo is considered to be an educational and industrial centre of Finland. Leading Finnish universities and offices of corporations such as "Neste" and "Nokia" are situated here; this provides constant interaction of business and science. There are lots of tourist sights in Espoo, among them an ancient stone church, which has been built in 1458 year, a temple of Mormons, a house museum of national Finnish artist Akselja Gallen-Kallely, the Center of culture of Espoo, the Museum of Clocks and Gallery "Otso". If you prefer informative tourism Espoo will be an ideal place for visiting.

For those who enjoy open air rest, Espoo is ready to offer all variety of landscapes of Northern Europe: from a sea landscape in the south to the sowed fields and country estates in the north. During summer, visitors can enjoy bicycle walks in adjoining woods, in the winter — skiing from safe Scandinavian mountains.

Well-known Lake Bodom is also located near to Espoo and attracts tourists with the beauty and tranquility. The lake is located on border of areas Bodom and Ojttaa, in 22 km from Helsinki. The length of lake makes approximately 3 km, width - about 1 km.

If you are going to visit Espoo with children we can offer you to visit the largest aqua park in Finland named "Serena".

Sport fans can go to National Park "Nuuksio" nearby Espoo. One can try rock-climbing and orienteering. For those who enjoys skiing and snowboarding there is a ski center in the connection with Aqua Park. Serena Ski provides great skiing conditions for all who love alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark or cross-country skiing (five slopes and a children slope, difference in altitude 60 m, the longest slope is 400 m, two SnowBoard Streets, two lifts for children for free, Serena Ski School, rental shop, Ski Shop).

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