"You found my former interim home!" Top 5 Page for this destination Oulu by gubbi1

Oulu Travel Guide: 214 reviews and 387 photos

Welcome to the page of my new home...

I arrived in Oulu to participate in a workforce exchange for a year in our 'new' company Nokia Siemens Networks. After a few days in a hotel I am now lucky to rent an apartment very close to the very center of the town. It is just 5 minutes to walk from my home to the start of the pedestrian zone and two minutes to the water front. Such a luck I had... The first weeks in Oulu I have started to discover my new 'territory'. I really enjoy it :) But now some words about the town...

Oulu is located a two-hours drive south of the polar circle. In former times Oulu has been wellknown for its tar production, which served Europes sailing fleets to prosper. Tar was used to fill the gaps between the wood to avoid water to come into the ships body. The tar was produced in the inland and then transported on the Oulujoki to Oulu from where it was exported. Nowadays it is IT, which keeps Oulu to be one of Finlands important towns. With the Nokia R&D and production (now partly Nokia Siemens Networks) a lot of smaller companies were drawn here into the north. Now also other companies like Polar (producing e.g. heartrate watches for sportsmen) and Stora Enso (paper factory) have settled here. Oulu has become the sixth largest town in Finland since Oulu was founded in 1605 by King Karl IX of Sweden. It now accomodates about 130000 inhabitants.

I started to place stuff also on the pages of destinations inside Oulu, it can happen that things placed there are not excatly in the location but nearby.
The destinations are currently:
-> Oulunsuu

For interesting things in the surrounding towns, which are good for a daytrip, you will find tips in the tipps section of Oulu.

For more tips, which are related the whole of Finland, check out the Finland section!!!

  • Last visit to Oulu: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 23, 2009
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  • liliana91's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    What a great home..Amazing photos from Oulu!

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    Nov 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM

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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    I was in Oulu in February 2008 and I enjoyed it very much. It's a nice and friendly city. Thanks for sharing!

  • jmatthan's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    OuluFurnishedApartments.blog... for modestly furnished apartments in quiet locations around Oulu. Meant especially for international professionals on short term stay in Oulu. From 3 bedroomed to studio apartments available round the year.

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    I love Finland, thanks for sharing your tips of Oulu... maybe a town to visit this year, but I guess in september it will be Helsinki for a third time...

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    GReat photos in the travelogues! Hope you enjoy your new home :)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2008 at 5:36 AM

    Great tips, Christian, thanx!


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