Business Kuopio


Developing and growing Kuopio

Kuopio, the Capital of Lakeland, is one of the most dynamic cities in Finland in terms of residential construction, attractiveness, job opportunities and population growth. Kuopio has around 120,000 inhabitants, while nearly one million people live in the city’s area of influence. The city is home to over 5,400 companies, providing around 50,000 workplaces. More than 200 of the companies are export companies.

A new city district, focusing on research, studies, business and living, is currently being built in Savilahti near the city centre, and investments are a total of one billion euros in the development. There are also significant plans to invest in the forest industry in the area.

Development of the healthcare technology, biotech, medical and environmental sectors, as well as ICT expertise, have led to the creation of numerous startup and growth companies in the city, providing excellent opportunities for investors.

Learn about developing areas in Kuopio:

  • Station area of Kuopio – Gateway to Kuopio: An urban centre of the future with modern office and commercial space, recreation and health services, comfortable housing and an opportunity for a new hotel development.
  • Bellanranta – Activity centre on the shores of Kallavesi: Kuopio’s Siikaranta industrial area has developed rapidly over the past few years. The Bellanranta area at the beginning of Saaristokatu brings together movers and experience-makers, as well as families, people and business people – all in the same compact area – all year round. Bellanranta offers a wide range of tourism and leisure services.
  • Kuntolaakso – Connecting districts: A new swimming and ice rink and a 350-seat parking garage have been built in Niirala, Kuopio. The construction of the Kuntolaakso (”Sport valley”) was carried out in 2018–2021. The total price of investments is approximately EUR 46.2 million.
  • Kuopio Market Place: The navel of the world. The characterful Market Place is surrounded by pedestrianised streets. The renovated Market Place has made favourable impression, not only on local people, but on others too.
  • Kuopionlahti – The sounding and beating heart: An architecture competition is in progress. The aim is to create a modern urban environment in the zone extending from Kuopio Bay to the Market Place.
  • Matkus area: Matkus Shopping Center and business park. The shopping centre with 90 businesses, IKEA and the area’s other businesses are a magnet for tourists.
  • Pieni Neulamäki Business area: A vigorously developing area of 100 hectares, a key employment site that is already the location of hundreds of jobs, restaurant services and local public transport.
  • Savilahti – Happiness and expertise on the same beach: A ground breaking new complex for 35 000 citizens is being built by the lake Kallavesi in the heart of Kuopio. Savilahti is one of the most versatile urban development projects in Finland. The area will be transformed into an innovative centre of science and business combining cutting edge expertise with pleasant living and leisure in a magnificent lake nature environment.
  • Sorsasalo Business area: The area forms an important workplace area north of the city of Kuopio. Over the years, significant industries and traders have been located in the area. The logistical connections to the area are excellent.
  • Developing Tahko: A major joint effort to turn the Tahko area into Finland’s most attractive tourist destination. The Kuopio-Tahko region has defined a vision based on the city’s strategy, according to which it is the fastest developing tourist and event area in Finland.