Jyväskylä on the move

Jyväskylä can be regarded as a forerunner of Finnish sports and, as such, ‘the Capital of Sport in" Finland. Sports and physical recreation have constituted an integral part of Jyväskylä ever since the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences was established in the University of Jyväskylä in 1963. It is still the only institution of its kind in Finland.
In addition to the University of Jyväskylä, research in sports and physical recreation is also conducted by KIHU (the Research Institute for Olympic Sports) and LIKES (the Foundation for Sport and Health Sciences). High-level research in competition sports and physical recreation is particularly well catered for in Jyväskylä.

The ambition of the city’s most recent development project, the development of the Hippos area, is to create a new significant sports, physical recreation and wellbeing centre in the heart of Jyväskylä.

Jyväskylä provides excellent opportunities for everyday physical recreation activities. The city has 360 sports facilities (87 of which are indoor facilities), 500 km of cross-country ski trails and 230 sports clubs (2015). Everything in the city is located within walking or cycling distance, which also naturally supports the principles of sustainable development of the resource-smart city.

Active clubs annually arrange a number of sports competitions, on average four national championship level competitions and one world championship level competition. The most popular mass event in Jyväskylä is the Neste Rally Finland, the Finnish round of the World Rally Championship. Ice hockey on the other hand is the most popular spectator sport, with the JYP Hockey Team performing excellently in the Finnish hockey league, Liiga.

  • Where?

  • Jyväskylä Convention Bureau
  • Office: Tietotalo, Kilpisenkatu 1, 40100 Jyväskylä

  • Address:
  • City of Jyväskylä
  • PL 1008
  • 40101 Jyväskylä
  • Finland