The Lahti region forms part of the Helsinki Metropolitan area. Lahti occupies an ideal logistic location in the centre of Southern Finland, with good traffic connections to other parts of Finland. Lahti is only an hour drive away from the greater Helsinki region and Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. The new Helsinki-Lahti railway has also shortened the travelling time from Helsinki to Lahti.
    The Lahti region is Finland's fifth largest urban region. With its versatile range of services the City of Lahti forms the centre of an economic region with 200,000 inhabitants. The surrounding ridge and lake landscapes provide a natural living environment. Lahti is also the gateway to the Finnish Lake District.

    The city of Lahti, with population of 100 000, is the seventh largest in Finland. Thanks to excellent connections this city, in the centre of Southern Finland, is easy to reach.

    Lahti is an internationally known winter sports city. Lahti Sports Centre is one of world's best winter sports venues, and has already hosted Nordic World Ski Championships six times. The annual World Cup event, known as the Lahti Ski Games, has been organised in since 1923. The Lahti Ski Games remain one of the biggest winter-festivals, attracting tens of thousands of spectators from near and far.



    Lahti Ski Stadium offers great facilities for big sports event around the year. During the World Cups in Lahti Ski Games the capacity of cross-country stadium is around 15.000 spectators of which 5,500 with seperate seats. The capacity is easily doubled with spectator areas along course. Ski Jumping stadium (right beside the XC stadium) offers capacity for more than 35,000 spectators.

    Salpausselkä network of competition courses are updated for the 2017 World Ski Championships. Already for winter 2015 Cross-Country courses will see some major improvements. Competitions are easier to follow, since all courses are located very near to the stadium.

    Furthermore, compact competition venue ca. 1,0 km from the city centre of Lahti offers great facilities to serve the needs of hospitality, entertainment and other spectator services.



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