REGION OF PÄIJÄT-HÄME - THE HEART OF FINLAND
The city of Lahti represents the geographical and functional centre of the region of Päijät-Häme. It is situated 100 km north of the Finnish capital Helsinki. Today Lahti can be reached from the Helsinki City Centre by train or international airport Helsinki-Vantaa by bus in just 60 minutes.
The landscape in the region is dominated by green forests and unspoiled pure lakes enriched by undulating forms of the Salpausselkä ridge. The region of Päijät-Häme can be called the heart of Finland, as the life in the post ice age period started from the surroundings of Lake Päijänne in the rural area of Asikkala.
Eleven municipalities belong to the region of Päijät-Häme: the cities of Lahti, Heinola and Orimattila, and the municipalities of Hollola, Sysmä, Asikkala, Hämeenkoski, Hartola, Nastola, Kärkölä and Padasjoki. Today the region of Päijät-Häme offers a balanced mixture of original Finnish traditions and a modern way of life.
Surrounded by a charming scenery about 200,000 people live here, half of them in the regional centre of Lahti. A fifth of the Päijät-Häme regions 6,295 km2 is covered by lakes. The third largest lake of Finland, Lake Päijänne, dominates the region with its natural beauty. Apart from its significance for the touristic development of Päijät-Häme, it is also an important drinking water reservoir for the whole Southern Finland.