North Karelia in a nutshell

  • Population 165 258 (2014)
  • Number of municipalities 13, of which 5 are towns
  • Regional centre Joensuu is a university city
  • Total area 21,585 km2, of which 70% are forests
  • The region has 2,200 lakes of which Pielinen is
  • Finland's fourth largest lake (894 km2)
  • Koli is the highest point of Southern and Central
  • Finland (347 m)
  • Lumber, wood, food, plastic, metal, stone, and travel are region's leading industrial fields. Movies and games are new and rising industrial fields. North Karelia's movie production is well-known even internationally.
  • Well-known North Karelian companies: Abloy, John Deere, Kesla Oyj, Stora Enso, Tulikivi, Nunnanlahden Uuni, Autotalo Laakkonen, Tokmanni, Varaosamaailma, Pohjois-Karjalan Osuuskauppa and Mantsinen Group Ltd Oy.
  • North Karelia shares a 302 km stretch of frontier with Russia, over one and a half million people cross the border at the Niirala international border crossing point every year
  • The easternmost point of the continental part of the European Union is located on an island in the Virmajärvi lake in Ilomantsi
  • Summer events include, e.g., Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu,
  • Ilovaarirock, Kihaus Folk Music Festival in Rääkkylä, and Lieksa Brass Week
  • Tourist attractions include, e.g., the national landscape at Koli, the Taitokortteli cultural quarter and Carelicum in Joensuu, the Bomba Karelian village in Nurmes, the Outokumpu Mining Museum, the Finnish Stone Centre in Juuka, and Kitee Zoo
  • North Karelian sports associations include Kataja, Kalevan Rasti, Joma, Josba, KiPa, Riento, ViU ja Jippo
  • Local bands include Nightwish, Värttinä, Eläkeläiset, Huojuva lato ja
  • Insomnium