Oulu, the capital of northern Scandinavia, is an outstanding blend of a world-class high technology, innovative research and the breath-taking nature of the north. It seamlessly combines life science and medicine with different aspects of engineering, and enjoys a reputation as one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Oulu boasts a thriving life science sector. About 542 life science companies (including 240 high-tech companies) operate in the bio, e-health and med-tech fields. They address global needs and aim for international markets. What’s more, the first 5G-technology tests are up and running and will contribute to creating new types of wireless services and business models. Oulu is the first city to test this network in the hospital environment, which makes it a forerunner in developing the future of global healthcare.
Oulu itself is also known for its OuluHealth unique ecosystem concept. Its aim is to combine technology and research with health in order to accelerate innovation and provide new opportunities for companies to boost their business in the health technology sector.
However, Oulu is not only about science, business models and future health. It is also about stunning, unpolluted nature, plenty of cultural events and rare northern experiences. Whether it is saunas, white nights, ice fishing, reindeer rides, the northern lights or hiking in tranquil forests, you name it, Oulu has it all, including a big city’s cosmopolitan character but without the crowds or the high cost of living.