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Vapaa-aika Espoossa

Leisure in Espoo

There are plenty of opportunities for hobbies and recreation in Espoo.

The Kivenkolo and Kylämaja community centres are available to all. There, local residents can spend time, meet other people and receive guidance and advice.

Community Centre Kivenkolo
Merisaapas 1 A
02320 Espoo

Community Centre Kylämaja
Matinkatu 7
02230 Espoo

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Kivenkolo Community centreFinnish | Swedish | English

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Community centre KylämajaFinnish

Espoo Adult Education Centre (Espoon työväenopisto) provides opportunities for arts, crafts, cooking, dance and sports, for instance. You can also study Finnish and other languages there.

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Adult education centreFinnish | Swedish | English

Espoo boasts many educational institutes that provide basic art education to children and young people. The various forms of art covered include music, visual arts, dance, theatre and circus.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Art educationFinnish | English

Espoo Cultural Centre and Karatalo host a wide variety of cultural events. Events are also held at Kannusali, Sellosali and Exhibition Centre WeeGee.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Cultural centres and facilitiesFinnish | Swedish | English

Art House Pikku-Aurora organises cultural events for children.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Cultural events for childrenFinnish | Swedish | English

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Events

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EventsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Chinese

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EventsFinnish

Library

In Espoo there are 14 libraries throughout the city. At the library, you can borrow books, newspapers, magazines, music, films, games and much more. The libraries stock books and other materials in several languages. You can also use a computer at the library. Many libraries also hold exhibitions and events.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
LibrariesFinnish | Swedish | English

Multilingual Library

The library is located in the Pasila district of Helsinki. It has books, music, magazines and audio books in several different languages. You can either visit the Pasila library or order material to your local library.

linkkiHelsinki City Library:
Multilingual LibraryFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelMet:
Joint library service for the Metropolitan AreaFinnish | Swedish | English | Somali | Persian | Arabic

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Sports and exercise

Espoo has five indoor swimming pools, several sports halls and fields, as well as other locations and facilities for various sports. On the exercise tracks, you can run in the summer and ski in the winter.

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Information about sports servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

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Sports clubsFinnish

Recreation in nature

Espoo has many outdoor areas where you can hike in the midst of nature. For example, Nuuksio National Park is partially located in Espoo.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Outdoor recreation areas in EspooFinnish | Swedish | English

The Nature House Villa Elfvik hosts excursions, events and exhibitions. The Nature House that is open for everyone is located in the northern part of the nature reserve Laajalahti.

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Nature HouseFinnish | Swedish | English

In Espoo there are exercise tracks and hiking routes all over the city. In the winter, many of the tracks are converted to ski trails. Some of the routes are illuminated.

There are plenty of beaches for swimming by the sea and the lakes.

More information on recreation in nature is available on the City of Espoo website.

Any Espoo resident can freely angle and ice-fish on the lakes. You need a fishing permit to use other fishing equipment. For more information, visit the City of Espoo website.

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linkkiCity of Espoo:
Outdoor recreationFinnish | Swedish | English

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Outdoor recreational areasFinnish | Swedish | English

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Fishing and huntingFinnish | Swedish | English

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Information about sports servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiThe Finnish Nature Centre Haltia:
WebsiteFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Chinese

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KotikaupunkipolutFinnish | Swedish | English

Theatre and cinema

Espoo boasts numerous professional and amateur theatres.

There are three cinemas in Espoo. More information on the films shown is available on the websites of the cinemas. In addition, the City of Espoo holds film screenings.

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linkkiFinnkino:
CinemaFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Espoo theatresFinnish | Swedish | English

Museums

There are several museums in Espoo. The City Museum presents the history of Espoo. The Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) is one of the largest art museums in Finland.

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MuseumsFinnish | Swedish | English

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Helsinki City MuseumFinnish | Swedish | English

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Museum of modern art EMMAFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

Hobbies for children and young people

Espoo boasts many educational institutes that provide basic art education to children and young people. The various forms of art covered include music, visual arts, dance, theatre and circus.

Espoo has 17 youth facilities that are supervised by trained instructors. The facilities are open to all young people between 12 and 17 years of age. Young people can freely spend time at the facilities in their spare time. They also hold activity clubs, courses and events.

The yESBOx youth information and counselling point provides advice and guidance to young people.

Iso Omena Shopping Centre
Piispansilta 11 S 30
02070 Espoo

Tel. 043 825 7607
E-mail: yesbox@espoo.fi

Associations and sports clubs organise plenty of activities for young people.

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Activities for young peopleFinnish | Swedish | English

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Youth facilitiesFinnish | Swedish | English

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Counselling for young peopleFinnish | Swedish | English

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Sports clubsFinnish

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Hobby searchFinnish

Associations

A variety of associations focusing on areas such as culture and sports operate in Espoo.

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linkkiCity of Espoo:
Sports clubsFinnish

linkkiEspoolaiset.fi:
Non-profit organisationsFinnish

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Senior associationsFinnish | Swedish