Salo combines an ideal location with a long history in ICT to create a smart city with cutting-edge tech expertise. Salo manages to strike the perfect balance between work and relaxation.
Salo is a city in the Southwest Finland, conveniently located between Helsinki and Turku: The city is a half hour’s drive from Turku and one hour’s drive from Helsinki – the capital of Finland. All major airports, seaports and road transport hubs are at easy reach. The city region hosts 53,000 people, over 2 million inhabitants live within 1.5-hour radius.
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Convenient transportation options, a comfortable natural environment and good public facilities enable you to integrate into the local life easily. Salo will keep you busy, whether you are interested in sports, art, or nature. Salo has a lot to offer for sport enthusiasts: a large indoor swimming pool, horse stables, and a possibility to join regional sport clubs. The city also has a bowling alley, an athletic area, and a huge dance floor. Most activities are right outside your door. Nature lovers will enjoy the Teijo National Park about 30 km from Salo city center.
CAREER AND STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Salo is much bigger than its actual size because of its rich history, being one of the leading global hubs of wireless technology – “the birthplace of mobile phone”. Salo has a great basis in wireless communication business: high quality expertise in development and manufacturing and a bright future in developing the internet of everything. Salo is the home of a great number of companies and start-ups specialized in wireless communication. Salo is the second largest business city in Finland, only Helsinki has more companies per capita than Salo: 53,000 inhabitants have more than 5,000 companies. Also, Salo is one of largest agricultural operator in Finland. Salo has close contacts and systematic collaboration with the region’s high-ranking educational institutions.
Established in the former Nokia site buildings, the Salo IoT Campus is a community of companies, scientists and educational institutions. It is an innovation hub for future technology solutions. The functional former Nokia facilities turned into an ICT hub that symbolizes Salo’s collaborative spirit. Salo wants to be proactive in providing companies a better overall business environment and advanced services. Finding new solutions to facilitate the birth of new businesses and to support networking was the goal behind the development of the Salo IoT Campus. Today, the Campus hosts dozens of businesses and other organizations, and has the capacity to welcome many more.
HEAR IT FROM SOMEONE WHO DID IT – RAUL PARRA, LEDiL
Originally from Spain, Raul Parra has lived and worked in Southwest Finland for fifteen years already. Find out what has gotten him to stay all these years in the video below!