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Information about Espoo

Traffic

Public transportation

Espoo and the entire Metropolitan Area boast good public transport connections. There are several train and metro stations in Espoo. Many bus routes run through the city.

linkkiHelsinki Region Transport, HSL:
Information and advice for passengersFinnish | Swedish | English

Espoo is part of Helsinki Region Transport, HRT (Helsingin seudun liikenne, HSL), a joint municipal authority that organises public transport in the Metropolitan Area. More information is available on HRT’s website.

You can use the Journey Planner (Reittiopas) service to search for information on routes in the Metropolitan Area. The service instructs you on how to get from one place to another using public transport.

linkkiHelsinki Region Transport, HSL:
Journey PlannerFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

You can use cash or a travel card to pay on public transport. You must buy your ticket for commuter trains in advance. More information on travel cards and where they are sold is available on HRT’s website. You can also buy a mobile ticket with your mobile phone or a single ticket from a ticket vending machine.

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Tickets and pricesFinnish | Swedish | English

Walking and bicycling

If you want to travel on foot or by bike in Espoo, you can search for a suitable route in the Journey Planner for Bicycling and Walking.

linkkiHelsinki Region Transport, HSL:
Journey Planner for Cycling and WalkingFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

Bicycling maps for Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo are distributed at Citizen’s Offices and the service points of the City Sports Departments. They are free.

linkkiUlkoilukartta.fi:
Helsinki Metropolitan Cycling and Outdoor MapFinnish

Motor and air traffic

Many metro and railway stations offer free car parks for commuters who wish to continue their journey using public transport.

Helsinki–Vantaa Airport is located in Vantaa, Espoo's neighbouring municipality..

Read more: Traffic

linkkiCity of Espoo:
TrafficFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
MapsFinnish | Swedish | English

Decision-making and public engagement

Decisions regarding Espoo are made by the City Council. It has 75 members, who represent the different political groups. The Council is elected every four years in a municipal election.

Residents of Espoo can affect the making and preparation of decisions in many ways. You can send feedback to decision-makers and officials through the electronic feedback system, for example. You can also take part in resident activities or present a motion to municipal authorities. For more information on social engagement, visit the City of Espoo website.

Espoo has an advisory board for multicultural affairs, which develops multicultural policies.

There are political associations, immigrant associations and other organisations in Espoo through which you can affect decision-making.

Read more: Decision-making and making a difference

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Information about decision-makingFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Information about social engagementFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Electronic feedback systemFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Multicultural affairsFinnish | Swedish | English

Religion

There are many religious communities in Espoo and Helsinki. The Religions in Finland service provides you with the opportunity to search for information according to religious community or municipality.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church has five Finnish and one Swedish parish in Espoo. More information is available on the website of Espoo parishes.

The Orthodox parish of Helsinki has a church in Tapiola, a chapel in Leppävaara and the Trapesa activity centre in Espoon keskus. More information on the activities of the Orthodox parish is available on the website of the Orthodox parish of Helsinki.

Read more: Cultures and religions in Finland

linkkiUskonnot.fi:
Religious communitiesFinnish | English

linkkiEspoo parishes:
Evangelical Lutheran parishesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiOrthodox Parish of Helsinki:
Orthodox parishFinnish | Russian

Basic information

Espoo is one of the four municipalities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It is located next to Helsinki, on its western side. Espoo boasts five urban centres: Leppävaara, Tapiola, Matinkylä-Olari, Espoonlahti and Espoon keskus. In addition, it features smaller urban areas, countryside and natural forests.

Espoo has a population of about 270,000. The majority of the residents speak Finnish. Some 8% of the population speak Swedish, and roughly 13% speak foreign languages. Espoo covers an area of approximately 528 km2, of which 216 km2 is water.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Information about EspooFinnish | Swedish | English

History

There were residents in the Espoo area as long as 8,000 years ago. Southern Espoo was covered by sea at the time. In the 13th century, many immigrants from Sweden moved to Espoo. In the 15th century, Espoo became an independent parish comprising several villages. Large manors were built in Espoo, which had great significance in terms of the development of the city. When Finland was annexed to Russia, Helsinki became the capital in 1812. Although Helsinki grew at a rapid pace, Espoo remained a quiet town in the countryside for quite some time. Population influx to Espoo accelerated in the 1940s and thereafter. In 1950, Espoo had 25,000 residents; 15 years later the population had risen to 65,000. Espoo received city status in 1972.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
HistoryFinnish | Swedish

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MuseumsFinnish | Swedish | English

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