Business Kuopio


Kuopio Region Goes Business Arena Helsinki

Six municipalities from the Kuopio Region are participating in the Business Arena Helsinki event 24th May 2022. In the event, the municipalities will present real estate investment opportunities from the fields of city development, tourism, circular economy and data centers.

The Kuopio Region is located in the Eastern part of Finland. It combines a great business environment, a wide range of research and education expertise, cultural services and the opportunity to live among nature. It is a growing region of 248 500 inhabitants and 15 500 companies.

Kuopio is the biggest city in the region and surrounded by several smaller cities and municipalities such as Iisalmi, Varkaus, Siilinjärvi, Leppävirta and Joroinen. Main business ecosystems in the area are health, water technology, circular and bioeconomy, energy, smart technologies, agrifood and tourism.

For real estate investors the Kuopio Region offers a variety of opportunities from innovative smart city development projects to hotels, commercial buildings, data centers and circular economy. In the Kuopio Region we are used to things working smoothly, by default.

The event

Business Arena is the leading real estate event in the Nordic countries, and it is organised in Helsinki in Messukeskus on 24th May 2022. By focusing on the Finnish real estate market and investment opportunities, Business Arena Helsinki welcomes investors, top real estate professionals, politicians and local authorities for networking, business opportunities and trend analysis.

The event offers a high-quality seminar programme, combined with generous time for networking and an exhibition for partners to present their future visions.

More information and the programme of the event can be found here

Come and discover the most prominent investment opportunities from the Kuopio Region! You can find us at the booth number 6.

Investment opportunities

City Development

Savilahti is a unique city district for 35000 people by a beautiful lake Kallavesi in the heart of Kuopio. Savilahti is one of the most versatile urban development projects in Finland. The total investments are estimated at 1,5–2 billion euros, which will pay off as new business opportunities, services, wellbeing and improved quality of life.

The growing Savilahti ecosystem consists of Kuopio University Hospital, University of Eastern Finland, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Savo Vocational College, several research institutes, KPY Novapolis business park and over 200 companies.This ecosystem provides a platform for growth, development, experimentation and innovations. > Read more

Iisalmi is a vibrant town in the heart of the Upper Savo region providing public and commercial services to nearly 60 000 inhabitants. In April 2022, a new development plan was created for developing the city center. Commercial and healthcare real estate, office facilities, entertainment, restaurants and housing projects are just a few interesting investment opportunities available. > Read more


Tahko Mountain is an international tourism destination. It is best known for skiing in the winter, but it also offers activities in summer, such as golf and mountain biking. The development program focuses on expanding the variety of activities, creating comprehensive trails, improving transportation, and digitalization. Tahko offers complete cooperation and expertise networks, the best of their kind in travel and tourism businesses. Beautiful nature and lake scenery make Tahko an excellent environment for sustainable tourism. > Read more

Sport and Spa Hotel Vesileppis is located in Leppävirta’s town center. An active destination with a variety of sport possibilities, a spa, and a wide range of events offers unforgettable experiences. It is looking for a new partner and/or investor for the hotel and restaurant as well as other tourism services. > Read more

The municipality of Siilinjärvi is looking for an investor and/or operator to develop a new hotel in the city center. The structure might be eight-story tall, including two stories for the hotel and six levels for sellable dwelling flats. Siilinjärvi is easily accessible by plane, train and car. > Read more

Data Centers

Saimaa Data Park is located in the technology-driven community of Varkaus and Joroinen, in the middle of lake sceneries and nature. The area combines Finland’s geographical location, stable social structure, good geological and climatic conditions. They provide a stable and safe operating environment and have experience in locating international data center operators. > Read more

Circular economy

Riikinneva, in the municipality of Leppävirta, is a circular economy area.  It offers excellent investment opportunities for industrial businesses with good traffic connections. The recycled raw materials that arrive at Riikinneva and are composed there offer variety of business opportunities. There are district heating and electricity available for a competitive price, as well as different sizes of land to be utilised. > Read more


Find out more about the Kuopio Region

Why entrepreneurs should choose Kuopio – 8 compelling reasons

What do entrepreneurs look for in a business location? At least an environment that is conducive to entrepreneurship, a full range of business services, a convenient location and skilled workforce. The growth-oriented, humane city of Kuopio offers all this and much more.

Ecosystems and clusters

The business ecosystem in Kuopio region is active and undergoing continuous development. A great example of how new collaborations and growing businesses are being created and developed is Kuopio Health, also newer Water and Energy Clusters are growing fast.

Invest in Kuopio Region

Kuopio Region offers opportunities across a wide range of specialized industries. To make things perfect, strong education programs coupled with robust research and company business ecosystems make the Kuopio region a prime location for business development, product development, and manufacturing.

Success stories

There are amazing business stories in the region of Kuopio. Find out what makes businesses to grow and to become international. What are the keys and goals.

More information:

Stepan Tirkkonen
Project Manager
Business Kuopio, Invest and Expand in Pohjois-Savo project
tel. +358 44 718 2038


Business Kuopio
City of Kuopio
City of Iisalmi
City of Varkaus
Municipality of Siilinjärvi
Municipality of Leppävirta
Municipality of Joroinen
Navitas Business Development Services
Saimaa Data Park


Stepan Tirkkonen, Invest and Expand project
Eeva Lehtomäki, Invest and Expand project
Iina Kilpeläinen, Invest and Expand project
Jouko Laitinen, Navitas Business Services
Mika Raatikainen, Business Kuopio
Arttu Ruismäki, Granlund Oy (Saimaa Data Park)
Esa Salmiheimo, Leppäkerttu Oy (Vesileppis)
Terho Savolainen, City of Iisalmi
Joonas Tyrväinen, Navitas Business Services

The participation to the event is organised by Invest and Expand in Pohjois-Savo project. The project is funded by the ERDF, the Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo and the municipalities of Kuopio, Varkaus, Ylä-Savo, Leppävirta, Siilinjärvi and Joroinen.