The Year of Sport 2023
- 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.
It 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.
Residents appreciate their city’s wide range of amenities, convenience, and proximity to the great outdoors. Lahti is the most interesting center of industrial design in Finland offering a meeting place for companies, products, designers as well as training and education in design. Thanks to the close cooperation between industry and education the local companies are renowned for their skills in industrial design.
Lahti is Finland’s leading environmental city, European Green Capital for 2021 as well as a globally recognized sporting city.
LAHTI SPORTS HUB gathers sports business operators and innovations together. The new Gateway offers a unique meeting place for combining know-how, networking and innovations within one platform. Lahti has long traditions in providing an excellent location and innovative surroundings for new ideas. Take a closer look of what Lahti Sports Hub is made of and join the network here!
Lahti Ski Games is a yearly international Nordic skiing tournament. The games last for three days, during which participants compete in cross-country skiing, ski jumping, and Nordic combined. The first Lahti Ski Games was held 3–4 February 1923.
IRONMAN 70.3 Finland has become a firm favourite in the triathlon calendar, and with a unique start time of 3:30 p.m., this race features a finish under the spellbinding Nordic midnight sun.
Thousands of triathletes gather in the Lahti for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. Those who arrive are the best of their age group. Nordic midnight sun. The world’s best triathletes are competing in Lahti 2023.
Inaugural Gravel Race and Experience Created by Valtteri Bottas Premieres June 10th in Lahti, Finland. Home to ‘The Happiest Gravel on Earth’, FNLD GRVL is the brainchild of Finnish superstar Valtteri Bottas and professional cyclist Tiffany Cromwell, who have partnered with the team behind SBT GRVL to bring FNLD GRVL to Bottas’ hometown of Lahti.
Finlandia-hiihto (Finlandia Ski Marathon) start and finish line is at legendary Lahti Ski Stadium. The course wiggles over and around of the ridge Salpausselkä thus making Finlandia-hiihto one of the most demanding ski courses in the world because of the height differences. Part of Worldloppet series.
Get ready for the toughest 400 meters in your life! The race to the top put competitors on the extreme test. The Red Bull 400 is for you if you want to measure the limits of your own performance.
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.
The Lahti Sports Center and Trade Fair
Internationally known Lahti Sports Center is the heart of the ski games. At the sports center are located the ski jump towers, restaurant Voitto, ice hockey arena, ski museum, outdoor swimming pool and much more. During the wintertime there are ski trails on the area and during the summertime outdoor hiking trails.
In addition to being a world-renowned arena for winter events, the Lahti Sports Center is one of the town’s most fascinating tourist attractions for the whole family.
In summer, you can enjoy the wonderful view from the observation deck at the top of the Lahti Ski Jump tower. The ski jump tower observation deck is open for public daily during the summertime and in winter it is open by request. In summer, the out-run of the ski jumping hill serves as a pleasant outdoor swimming pool with separate pools for adults and children. And when hunger hits, you’ll find a nice café and a restaurant with a view over the whole Sports Center in the museum building.
The Lahti Sports and Trade Fair Center hosts trade fairs and entertainment and sports events at facilities with excellent transport links to the nearby Lahti city center, all surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape. The center consists of four modern halls; Suurhalli Areena/Treeni, Salpausselkä Hall, Vesijärvi Hall and Lahti Hall.
The harbour is located only 10-15 minutes by foot from the city center. In addition to restaurants, the harbour area houses Pro Puu Centre, Ulpukka Handicraft Shop and Sibelius Hall, a modern piece of wood architecture. Wood architecture you can find also in Wood Architecture Park in the surroundings of Sibelius Hall and the harbour – visit for example Piano Pavilion for a cup of coffee and snacks.
The harbour does not sleep in the winter time, either. For example Cafe Kariranta, Sibelius Hall and Pro Puu Centre are open year around. And when the lake freezes, there will be skating and skiing routes on the ice, as well as an ice terrace where you can enjoy warm drinks after the sports.
The harbour area also serves as an event venue during summer. For example, IRONMAN 70.3. and Lahti Historic Rally use the harbour area as their headquarters.
Sibelius Hall is located by the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi. Sibelius Hall is a congress- and concert center that offers diverse services for both consumers and companies. 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
Kisapuisto Sports Park is a meeting place for sports enthusiasts, located right in the heart of the city. 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, a large skating rink and hockey rink. In 1952, some of the Olympic football games were played in Kisapuisto Sports Park.More about LAHTI