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Jyväskylä in brief

Introduction to the City of Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä and its immediate surroundings form one of Finland´s largest centres of growth. With a population of 137,000, Jyväskylä is the seventh largest city in the country. A total of 174,000 people live in the entire Jyväskylä Region.

According to a survey conducted by pollster Taloustutkimus (2012) Jyväskylä was rated as the second most popular destination to move to in Finland.

With over 47,000 schoolchildren and students, Jyväskylä is a city of high-quality education, lifelong learning and several fields of study. The thirty-year-old members of our city’s population are the most educated in Finland: every fourth inhabitant in Jyväskylä has a higher education degree.

Jyväskylä is the city of the internationally renowed architect Alvar Aalto. Jyväskylä can boast more buildings designed by Aalto than any other city in the world.

Natural lighting in Jyväskylä

Finland is a country of four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. In autumn and winter the days are short, and the dark period is long. In the Jyväskylä region, the wintertime usually begins in November and is the longest of the seasons.

The dark time is defined as the period from sunset known as the blue moment, lasts in Jyväskylä’s parallel and meridian for about 45 minutes in autumn and spring, about one hour in winter and even two and a half hours in summer. If the weather is clear, no extra lighting is needed during the dark time!

Examples of sunrise and sunset in Jyväskylä in different seasons:

  • The exact time of the vernal equinox varies between 19th and 21st of March, when the sun rises a little after 6 a.m. and sets around 6.30 p.m.
  • At Midsummer, 23rd June, the sun rises around 3.20 a.m. and sets around 11.15 p.m.
  • During the autumnal equinox, between 22nd and 23rd September, the sun rises around 7 a.m. and sets after 7 p.m.
  • On Christmas Eve, 24th December, the sun rises around 9.45 a.m. and sets around 3 p.m.

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