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Ylistön silta vihreäksi valaistuna. Image Jiri Halttunen

What is the City of Light?

Urban lighting has been developed in Jyväskylä for over 20 years. Coordinated by the City of Jyväskylä, the City of Light is responsible for the city's nightscape and constantly aims to use the latest lighting technology in the city's infrastructure. Above all, the aim is to create a safe, comfortable and energy-saving environment for Jyväskylä's residents, businesses and visitors.

Kuokkalan silta valaistuna kesäillassa. Image Touho Häkkinen

The specially illuminated Kuokkala Bridge has long been an important part of Jyväskylä’s brand.

For us, the darkness is an opportunity 

When responsibility for street lighting was transferred from the company Jyväskylä Energia Oy to the city in 1996, the provision of outdoor lighting was also seen as an opportunity to promote the well-being of the city's residents. The aim is to use lighting in a way that enhances Jyväskylä's distinctive architecture and minimises light pollution. In Jyväskylä, light is seen as part of an entity that consists of architecture, street structure and green areas.

kuutionmallinen valoteos Jyväsjärven rannalla. Image Antti Aarnio

While all Finnish cities are beautiful summer towns, Jyväskylä looks interesting around the year.

What makes Jyväskylä the City of Light of Finland?

Lighting is an integral part of Jyväskylä's cityscape. Landmarks, such as the Kuokkala Bridge and the Vesilinna Observation Tower in Harju, give the city a special look after dark, and there are already more than 100 permanent lighting destinations in the city. Urban design aims to take into account the specific characteristics of each area, and unique lighting solutions can be seen in streets, squares and jogging paths throughout the city.

You can find out more about Jyväskylä's permanent lighting destinations using the Light Map and our 360 platform.

oikealla valaistu piippu, vasemmalla tiilitalo, jonka seinällä valaistu tiiliteos. Image Rami Saarikorpi

Art and lighting design are an integral part of the Kangas area.

The City of Light not only aims to develop urban lighting in Jyväskylä, but also to cooperate with lighting and construction professionals, educational institutions and other cities of light (LUCI). Jyväskylä has been a member of the Lighting Urban Community International since 2006 and currently holds the presidency of the association.

Sylinterimallinen puinen Kolo-teos valaistuna pimeässä. Image Touho Häkkinen

The City of Light also provides guidance on lighting issues to various actors, and aims to spread information about good urban lighting and its importance as widely as possible. The annual City of Light event demonstrates the importance of lighting and the effects of light through lightart. During the event, a seminar for lighting professionals is also organized each year. 

Light is with us - in Jyväskylä Video: Aistikko Visuals / Eemeli Nättinen

The tasks of the City of Light include

  • Development of urban lighting culture
  • Organization of light-themed events during the dark months of the year 
  • Construction of new lighting sites and guidance in planning
  • Advicing on lighting matters
  • Strengthening cooperation with cities of light in the world (LUCI)
  • Collaboration with educational institutions to develop light-related research