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Oulu
Uleåborg
City
Oulun kaupunki
Uleåborgs stad
Top: Rantakatu in downtown Oulu, Oulu City HallMiddle: Lyseo Upper Secondary School and the Oulu CathedralBottom: Shops along Kirkkokatu, Radisson Blu Hotel along Ojakatu
Top: Rantakatu in downtown Oulu, Oulu City Hall
Middle: Lyseo Upper Secondary School and the Oulu Cathedral
Bottom: Shops along Kirkkokatu, Radisson Blu Hotel along Ojakatu
Coat of arms of Oulu
Coat of arms
Location of Oulu in Finland
Location of Oulu in Finland
Country Finland
Region Pohjois-Pohjanmaan vaakuna.svg North Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Oulu sub-region
Charter 1605-04-08
Area (2009)
 • City 1,513.37 km2 (584.32 sq mi)
 • Land 1,410.13 km2 (544.45 sq mi)
 • Water 103.24 km2 (39.86 sq mi)
 • Urban 187.1 km2 (72.2 sq mi)
Area rank 64th largest in Finland
Population (2013)
 • City 192,680
 • Rank 6th largest in Finland
 • Density 136.64/km2 (353.9/sq mi)
 • Urban 200,071
 • Urban density 915.8/km2 (2,372/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Oulu (Swedish: Uleåborg) is a city in Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. It is the biggest city in the Northern Finland. The population of Oulu was about 193,000 in January 2014. It is the sixth largest city in Finland.

Municipalities next to Oulu are Hailuoto, Ii, Kempele, Liminka, Lumijoki, Muhos, Pudasjärvi, Tyrnävä and Utajärvi.

There is a university in Oulu. The university is one of the largest in Finland, with over 15,000 students.

Many people work in technology firms making mobile phones, computers and software.

History

Tuomiokirkko Oulu
The cathedral of Oulu

Oulu was established in 1605, so it is more than 400 years old. In the old days, Oulu was famous for selling tar all over the world.

Places to visit in Oulu

Oulu Rantakatu 2006 05 16
The Rantakatu street by the market
  • Oulu Cathedral
  • Hupisaaret Park
  • The market and the old market hall

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