Visit Turku (Tourism Services) offers versatile tourism services in the centre of Turku.
Visit Turku is a sales and marketing organisation that works in collaboration with the industry. Visit Turku also collaborates at the regional level, for example with the archipelago area and other nearby areas. The activity consists of tourist information, sales services, national and international sales and marketing as well as Turku Convention Bureau.
The City of Turku has two main communication and marketing channels: the communication channels of the City of Turku and Visit Turku, the city's tourist office. The City of Turku's communications are mainly aimed at Turku residents and those living in the Turku region, and Visit Turku's communications are aimed at domestic and international visitors arriving to the city.
Effective traffic arrangements increase the smoothness of the event, and it is therefore a good idea to invest in their planning and implementation. In planning, special attention should be paid on, how to get to the venue and how to implement any deviating traffic arrangements.
Temporary Traffic Arrangements
Temporary traffic arrangements are needed if because of the event traffic has to be restricted. Deviating traffic arrangements must be reported to the Turku Urban Transport Center.
Well-implemented security arrangements contribute to the smooth and uninterrupted operation of the event. The organizer is responsible for the safety of the event.
Event security is required by many laws and recommendations. When assessing the risks, the target audience of the event, the number of participants, the time, the location and other event specific factors, such as the use of special effects, must be taken into account.
When organizing an event, you usually need many kinds of structures and furniture. The City of Turku has a selection of furniture suitable for event usage, that event organizers can rent out. In addition, there are many independent actors in Turku area that for example rent stage structures and audio equipment.
Waste Management at Public Events
According to waste management regulations in the Turku Metropolitan area, public events must be organized in a way that minimizes the amount of waste as much as possible. The organizer of a public event is responsible for planning and coordinating suitable waste management measures, such as keeping the event area clean, sorting and recycling waste. The organizer is also responsible for communicating said measures to all event participants during the event. Anyone responsible for calling together the event is considered an organizer.
The objective of combating noise is to provide a healthy and enjoyable environment in which noise provides as little inconvenience as possible. According to article 118 of the Environmental Protection Act of 2014, a local environmental protection official must be notified if an event causes noise that, although temporarily, impacts living and working in surrounding areas negatively. A notification must also be filed in cases where sound amplifiers are used outside during nighttime (between 10PM to 7AM).
No notification is needed for playing acoustic music in the streets.
All outdoor events require a permit from the landowner or, if the venue is on city property rented from the city, from the tenant.
Parks, streets, and marketplaces
If the event takes place in a public venue owned by the city, such as a park, a permit application should be submitted to the agency in charge of urban environment. It is recommended to apply for the permits as early as possible since the handling period of the applications if approximately 4 weeks.
You can submit an application
There are many venues and locations in Turku for organizing different events. In Turku there are yearly many events varying from big festivals to welcoming markets. The large-scale hotel capacity and wide variety of venues in Turku, make it possible to arrange events with thousands of guests.
In event management, accessibility refers to the idea that everyoen are to be provided an equal opportunity to participate, work and perform at an event. Among other things, accessibility can be understood in terms of seeing, hearing, mobility and comprehension. A responsible event organizer is one that strives to take all kinds of participants into account and works toward egality and equality. By working to better the accessibility of their event, the organizer can improve its customer service and pave the way for a larger demographic to participate.
By taking into consideration the environment and sustainability while organizing an event, you can save the nature as well as your own budget as an event organizer. Organizing events with sustainability in mind shows the event organizer's responsibility.
Sustainable development in Turku
The City of Turku is committed to the Turku 2029- city strategy, where the principles of sustainable development are considered in every activity.
There are many things to consider when organizing an event. One aspect is possible permits and notifications for a number of different purposes. The number of permits needed to organize an event depends on its size and nature. Small events can do with a land use permit and a notification to the police, while larger events might need to consider the impacts of elements such as temporary diversion of traffic, noise and sales of fresh produce.
How to book an appointment for one of our advisors
You can book your appointment for an advisor either through Welcome desk at Monitori or by contacting our advisors directly. The possibility to book your appointment with an advisor through Monitori booking system is under construction.
The business advisor helps you when you are thinking of starting a business or if your new business needs help with a specific problem.
The new political model of leadership and structure of city bodies of Turku has taken effect on August 1, 2021. The highest executive authority of the city are represented by the Mayor and three Deputy Mayors.
The Mayor and the three Deputy Mayors make up the Mayoral body which directs and integrates the activities of the City, according to the decisions made by the City Council and City Board. The members of the Mayoral body are full-time officials.
In Finland you pay income tax on your income. The taxation is progressive which means that your tax rate depends on how big is your income. If you come to work in Finland from another country, your taxation depends on how long you will stay in Finland and whether your employer is a Finnish or foreign company.
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The Friendship Programme
Study in Turku / University of Turku International Office
Contact person in charge of the register
+358 29 450 3142
Name of the Register
Enrolment for the Friendship Programme
1. The Friendship Programme aims to promote internationalisation and knowledge of new cultures among both international students and local friends.
2. The programme is voluntary, and the international students and their local friends themselves decide how and when they meet. However, the participants should try to meet at least monthly. Successful friendship requires active participation from both sides!
Life in Turku – Elämää Turussa – are stories about people, people from Turku and friends of Turku. Ordinary everyday life and things to do with it, exceptional moments and turning points, work, and childhood. Turku's stories are the stories of its residents and their history.
Cooperation is a resource. Learning new things and going outside our comfort zone challenges us. We believe that, in cooperation with our users and customers, we will create a result that we can be collectively proud of.
The Linnanniemi area, located on the furthest tip of the Turku peninsula, will experience major changes over the next decades. The ten competition proposals that were successful in the Linnanniemi idea competition have been used in the planning of the area.
The winning proposition of the Linnanniemi idea competition, which took place in 2020, was the proposal entitled Kolme palaa (‘Three pieces’) by the Lithuanian-Finnish group After Party. In the proposal, the museum building is placed in the current terminal area, right by the water.
In September 1827, Turku was hit by an enormous disaster. The centre of Finland's oldest city was almost completely destroyed in a massive fire. The heart of the medieval city was lost in just one night, and most of what remained of old Turku was lost under reconstruction. That and other lost landscapes fascinate today's Finns; what was our Turku like and how might it have been like?
A whole new museum will be built in Turku!
The new Museum of History and the Future will create experiences and be a source of inspiration and a domestic and international cultural destination. The museum will become a meeting place for the people of Turku.
International student! Would you like to meet more Finnish people and get in touch with the Finnish way of life during your stay in Turku?
The surroundings of Turku Castle and the harbour area will undergo major changes in the coming decades. The historically and culturally important Linnanniemi area will be a hub of year-round urban culture, where you can simultaneously experience history, the sea and the most beautiful archipelago in the world. People will be attracted not only by the medieval landmark Turku Castle but also wide range of services, outdoor recreation areas extending to the shore, various maritime functions and the Museum of History and the Future that will be opening in 2029.