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As the second largest city and municipality in Finland, Espoo is part of the Capital region. The city is on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, in the region of Uusimaa. Most of its population lives within the inner urban core of Helsinki metropolitan area. Espoo shares its eastern border with the municipalities of Helsinki and Vantaa, and encloses Kauniainen. Espoo is the only municipality in Finland to fully enclose another municipality. The city of Espoo is officially bilingual. The majority of the population speaks Finnish as their mother tongue, while a minority speaks Swedish. About ten percent of Espoo’s population has a first language other than Finnish or Swedish.
Aalto University is based in Otaniemi, Espoo. This supports a thriving science community that includes numerous startups and organisations such as VTT – the Technical Research Center of Finland. Telecom giant, Nokia, is headquartered in Keilaniemi, Espoo, along with other high-tech companies such as KONE, Tekla, and Fortum. The area around the university in Espoo offers many options for commercial office spaces.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Cycling is popular in Espoo, and there are excellent cycle paths almost everywhere you go. On a sunny day one of the best things to do is rent a bike, put on your helmet and ride! For lunch, try Thairavintola Jasmin, offering tasty and authentic Thai food. They have a lunch buffet. Or there is the Curry Palace. This Indian restaurant also offers a lunch buffet. One specialty is the pickled spice, make sure to try it!
Espoo is served by Helsinki commuter trains and the Finnish National Rail lines. It also has a regional bus service connecting several of the smaller areas in the region. Espoo is connected to Helsinki via route 1 and 51.