Kuopio as a Source of Inspiration

26.1.2021 - 12:20
Kirsi Soininen

In Kuopio, we live by the water. Water is a source of strength in our leisure time and one of our competence priorities. Waterways connect us to seas across the globe via the Saimaa Canal. Our stunning lake views serve as a source of inspiration and excitement. Renowned Japanese artist Kaii Higashiyama travelled to the Nordic countries back in 1962, and it was especially the scenery in Puijo that enchanted the artist, inspiring one of the most valued works of art in Japan, Polar Summer Night (1963).

Kuopio is a city of many talents where cutting-edge expertise in industry and commerce, with its priorities and clusters, stems from the good cooperation between research, education, innovations and business activities. Campuses come together and merge in the district of Savilahti in Kuopio, which serves as a platform for future knowledge, learning and innovations. Savilahti Stage provides a venue for future dialogue that will become reality in Savilahti.

The Kuopio region is celebrating its year as the capital of food, the European Region of Gastronomy 2020–2021. Locally produced food, gastronomic experiences combined with local culture bring the most amazing taste sensations to the table. The province is a rich producer of food – our top chefs conjure up gastronomic excellence from locally sourced, clean ingredients. Nutritional science is one of the strong fields of expertise in our educational institutions.

The versatile Kuopio is also a city of music, educating professionals in music and providing extensive opportunities to enjoy music as a hobby. The good cooperation between our professional orchestra, professional theatre and educational institutions provides internship and employment opportunities not only for professionals, but also for students and international talent.

I wish you gratifying moments reading Kuopio by Nature!

Kirsi Soininen

marketing Director, City of Kuopio

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