Tales of Tar introduces historic Oulu

Tales of Tar route can be experienced digitally on mobile devices around Oulu.

Northern Lights in Oulu

Finland is one of the best places in the world for viewing Northern Lights (aurora borealis), and the probability of catching them is highest in Lapland -but Oulu is not far behind! We can see Northern Lights about 25% of the nights here – as long as there’s darkness and there are no clouds in the sky.

Welcome to Oulu!

Our city is often referred as the Capital of Northern Scandinavia. Oulu is located by the Gulf of Bothnia around 600 kilometres north of Helsinki, with a population of roughly 210,000 inhabitants. You can reach Oulu in less than an hour by flight, but if you’re planning a more scenic route through Finland, make sure you reserve several hours!  

Peace Machine

In Spring 2022 Oulu Culture Foundation invited schools in the area to make their own Peace Machine Prototypes. The construction of the prototypes was offered to teachers as one way to deal the feelings brought up by the war in Ukraine with the students. Children built their own Peace Machines and wrote user manuals for them. 

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026!

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026, together with 39 municipalities. The whole Northern Finland will awaken when the cultural events bring the region to life and inspire joy and creativity in people every day. This is a journey of several years, which will culminate in 2026.

We are building an unforgettable Capital of Culture year with the aim of creating a positive, lasting impact on our region. Our main goal is cultural climate change. We want to open up a new connection between people – are you ready to discover it?

About Oulu


Cultural Climate Change

We expand the perception of seeing and experiencing culture. Culture is everywhere, let’s give in to it! 

Oulu2026 region

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture alongside 39 municipalities. Our stunning region provides diverse settings for events of various sizes and styles, for both artists and participants. Cities and villages, parks and forests, enchanting nature near almost everywhere.