Lahti specs

  • Lahti has a population of 120 000.
  • 200 000 people live in the Lahti region.
  • 75% of the population live within 5 km from the city center.
  • Total area is 517.63 km².
  • Green areas cover 75% and waterbodies cover 10% of Lahti’s surface area.
  • 250 m² of green space per citizen.
  • 7 000 companies and 51 000 jobs.
  • 1 million employees within an hour’s commute.

About Lahti

The middle-size city has the best of both worlds: the attractiveness, intimate cosiness and originality of a small town, yet the services, efficiency and logistics of a major city. The location, less than one hour travel time from the international Helsinki Airport together with multiple connections, makes Lahti accessible as well as environmentally friendly city.

The City of Lahti is built at the intersection of Salpausselkä ridge and Lake Vesijärvi where nature and the urban environment merge.Residents appreciate their city’s wide range of amenities, convenience, and proximity to the great outdoors. Lahti is interesting center of industrial design in Finland offering a meeting place for companies, products, designers as well as training and education in design.

Lahti is Finland’s leading environmental city, European Green Capital for 2021 as well as a globally recognized sport city. For decades, the city has implemented impressive measures to promote sustainability, which makes it a paradise for challenge seeking athletes, nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.


International sport events

Lahti is the Host City for sport events all year round from annual national and international events to major World Championships level events. City with the close connection to nature offers great variety of possibilities for outdoor sports.

Lahti Ski Games

Lahti Ski Games is annual international Nordic skiing event with cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined FIS World Cup competitions. Lahti Ski Games has over 100 years old history; The first Lahti Ski Games was held 3–4 February 1923. Nordic skiing has a strong bond with soil in Lahti; Lahti has hosted FIS World Ski Championships for historical seven times.

Kuva: © Lahti Ski Games

Lahti Ski Games


IRONMAN 70.3 Finland has become a firm favourite in the triathlon calendar, and with a special start time of 3:30 pm., this race features a finish under the spellbinding Nordic midnight sun. Lahti hosted the VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in 2023 gathering over 5500 participants to compete in our clear water and unique nature routes.


FNLD GRVL & Falling Leaves

Lahti region offers scenic gravel roads surrounded by fields and forests, forest roads and more challenging trails. Competitive Gravel season will be open with inaugural FNLD GRVL founded by Valtteri Bottas and closed by Nordic Gravel Series Falling Leaves Lahti. Who would not like to cycle on the “The Happiest Gravel on Earth”?


Finlandia Ski Marathon

Finlandia-hiihto (Finlandia Ski Marathon) start and finish line is at the legendary Lahti Ski Stadium. The course wiggles over and around of the ridge Salpausselkä, in Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geaopark, thus making Finlandia-hiihto one of the most demanding ski courses in the world because of the height differences. Finlandia Ski Maraton is part of Worldloppet series.

Lahti Historic Rally

World’s best and most amazing gravel special stages are waiting in Finland to offer the most memorable experience for competitors in historic rallying at Lahti Historic Rally.

Kempower Easter Tournament

International Kempower Easter Tournament in basketball has almost 30-year-old history. Easter Tournament is one of the biggest junior basketball tournaments in Finland with almost 250 teams with 2500 players.

Sports venues

The Lahti Sports Center and Trade Fair

Internationally known Lahti Sports Center is the heart of sports as well as events in Lahti. Sports and Fair Center is in 5-10-min walking distance from the city centre. Lahti Sports Center concludes outdoor arenas as stadium for skiing and athletics, ski jumping towers, multiple sport halls for different disciplines as well as Ice Hall. Sports Center is also the starting point for the huge network of tracks and trails.

Visiting Sports Center is valuable when doing sports, but it might be the town’s most fascinating tourist attraction for the whole family with ski museum, the observation deck at the top of Large Hill and outdoor swimming pool in summer.

Lahti Harbour

The harbour, located only 10-15 minutes by foot from the city center, has become an attractive venue for sport events. Starting and finishing the harbour offers spectacular views and atmosphere for the athletes as well as for the audience. In addition, cozy cafés, restaurants, the harbour Handicraft Shop and Sibelius Hall, a modern piece of wood architecture, complete the experience.

Sibelius Hall, the congress- and concert center offers experinces for all senses. Sibelius Hall was built in 2000 adjacent to an old factory building. The modern wooden architecture is combined with the old industrial history in the most interesting way.

Kisapuisto Sports Park

In 1952, Kisapuisto Sports Park was the arena for the Olympic football. Since then Kisapuisto Sports Park has been a meeting place for sports enthusiasts, located right in the heart of the city. Nowadays the area offers something for everyone: beach volley and tennis courts, fields with artificial turf, a turf field, several volleyball courts, basketball courts and, in the winter time, a large skating and hockey rink.