Lake Vesijärvi, success story in lake restoration

Lake Vesijärvi was the most eutroficated large lake in Finland from the 1960s to the 1990s with large blue green algae blooming every summer. Nowadays, Lake Vesijärvi has a remarkable recreational value for more than 100,000 people. The lake is particularly rich in fish, birds and aquatic plants and home to many threatened plant species. Five areas designated as nature reserves or Natura 2000 areas for the protection of water birds are found along its shores.Species important for recreational fishing include pike, pike-perch, perch and whitefish.

The ongoing lake restoration process is one of the best success stories in lake management ever. Management actions are coordinated by the Lake Vesijärvi Foundation, which is a unique Finnish initiative combining public and private resources to secure funding for research, maintenance and management efforts focusing on Lake Vesijärvi and its catchment area. The foundation also works to improve the general public’s awareness of Lake Vesijärvi and its condition and to promote all efforts to improve its water quality.

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The Lahti region – A forerunner in industrial design

For decades, companies in the Lahti region have relied on design to improve their competitiveness. In particular, the long history of the furniture industry and The Institute of Design and Fine Arts of Lahti University of Applied Sciences have both played important roles in the development of design expertise in the area. We can easily say that in the Lahti region design is in our genes—we have approximately one thousand designers and design students, and there are several internationally known companies whosesuccess is largely based on design.

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The Lahti Region mechatronics cluster

The most significant industrial cluster in the Lahti regionMachinery, metal and electronics industries, together with their interest groups, form the foundation of the mechatronics cluster. Measured by turnover, personnel or number of businesses, the mechatronics cluster is the most significant industrial cluster in the Lahti region. Approximately 700 companies currently operate within the cluster, the cluster's combined turnover is about EUR 1.5 billion and it employs around 7,200 people.

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Lahti Sibelius Festival

30 August 2017 - 3 September 2017 This internationally acclaimed festival will bring together friends of Sibelius’music from across the globe, as the Lahti Symphony Orchestra once again invites all friends of Finland’s national composer to spend a wonderful long weekend in the acoustically splendid setting of Sibelius Hall. Our Chief Conductor Dima Slobodeniouk will serve as Artistic Director of the 2017 festival, which will be celebrated on the theme of a century of Finnish independence.

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Food and beverage

Chain of grain processing from the field to the consumer’s table Approximately 2,500 people are employed by the food industry in the Lahti region. The region's food industry is heavily based on companies that utilise grain as one of their raw materials. In fact, Lahti is home to Finland's most extensive and diverse grain cluster network, which represents the entire chain of grain processing from the field to the consumer’s table. The active network of companies includes notable Finnish brands and smaller, innovative actors in the sector.

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Exercise and experiences

Lahti distinguishes itself from other Finnish cities as a centre of health and wellbeing with a special focus on sports and exercise. The area is home to the Pajulahti and Vierumäki sports institutes, both officially recognised as Olympic Training Centers by the Finnish Olympic Committee, which provide a wide range of professional training in physical education. The institutes also off er highquality expertise in sports coaching.

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Lake Päijänne – So clean you can drink the water!

Rugged cliffs, lush forests and pure lake water. This all describes the nature of Finland’s longest and second largest lake – Lake Päijänne. Lake Päijänne is located in Southern Finland extending from the city of Lahti (south) to the city of Jyväskylä (north). Altogether the lake covers an area of 1 118 km2. Lake Päijänne ensures access to sufficient and clean fresh water for over a million inhabitants in Helsinki region. World’s longest continuous rock tunnel starts from the southern part of Lake Päijänne and runs 30 - 100 meters above the ground. Total length of the tunnel length is 120 km.

Southern Lake Päijänne and Päijänne National Park, a treat for nature tourists, contains steep rocks, sandy eskers, isolated lagoons and small islets. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent lake scenery and Päijänne National Park either by joining a cruise, taking a water taxi, by canoeing or with own boat during the summer. If you choose a lake cruise – the longest one takes you even all the way to Jyväskylä! Lake Päijänne is also rich in fish, most important species for recreational fishing include pike and perch, mid-lake areas also include trout. Visitors can found the best fishing spots with the help of a professional local guide!

In winter, Lake Päijänne is popular ice-fishing site and site for special ice diving event every March offering beauty and silence across an incredible ice diving environment.

Facts about Lake Päijänne

  1. Second largest lake in Finland
  2. Length 120 km
  3. Deepest point 95.3 m
  4. Number of islands 1886

Lahti – famous for its water

Lahti is located in an area of outstanding geographical interest. The ice age left it with unusually large and clean groundwater reservoirs. Because of this, Lahti is today home to a thriving grain processing industry, including a mill, a malting and a brewery, which make use of both the local water and grain. The bread that is baked here is famous throughout Finland. 

In fact, Lahti is home to the largest bakery in Finland and one of the country’s two largest beverage manufacturers. The same locally-sourced ingredients are used in the handcrafted loaves of bread and in the lager. Sahti, an early type of beer, also continues to be produced in Lahti in accordance with a time-honoured tradition. The drink is a genuine rarity.

Thanks to the ready availability of excellent, clean water and high quality barley, Lahti is also home to a whiskey distillery that has won plaudits internationally. The drink is perfectly aged right now and ready to be enjoyed.

In Lahti, the fishing season extends throughout the year. The correct method for luring fish from underneath a lake’s frozen surface is a true Finnish specialty.