Health and wellbeing is a strategic focus in Central Finland

Central Finland aims to provide quality of life and good health for the whole lifespan. In order to meet this goal, Central Finland is developing a unique model in enhancing health and wellbeing. This preventive model of wellbeing will also limit costs as healthier individuals will need less of expensive medical care.

Central Finland population is representative of the Finnish nation. It provides a natural living lab for studying, piloting and experimenting methods and tools to promote health and wellbeing.

Read more:
Regional Council of Central Finland – Success Stories from Central Finland: Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem
Regional Council of Central Finland – Central Finland Strategic Choices


Internationally acknowledged expertise in sports physical activity

Central Finland is the home for the only Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences in Finland (University of Jyväskylä), LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, the only medical specialist field of Sports and Exercise Medicine in Finland (Central Finland Health Care District), KIHU Research Institute for Olympic Sports, as well as a wide variety of third sector operators (KesLi). This expertise improves the all-round wellbeing of everyone in the region, and makes Central Finland an internationally high-class centre of sports-related knowledge.


Health-related innovations and businesses

Health-related innovations and businesses in Central Finland have the potential to make it worldwide. We try to find global solutions to improve the wellbeing of young families and the elderly, maintain work ability, and prevent the social exclusion of children and adolescents.

In Central Finland, we also have a wide variety of businesses and third sector operators that work with health and wellbeing. On top of that, the New Hospital Nova and the Hippos Complex for Sports and Wellbeing are under construction. This unique set of operators makes Central Finland the perfect place for a Centre of Excellence on Wellbeing.


Read more:
Business Jyväskylä – Sports & Wellbeing


Wellbeing from nature

Central Finland is renowned for its forests and lakes, and five national parks. This results in a strong mental relationship to nature. Green Wellbeing plays a major role in many of our wellbeing innovations.

Central Finland is part of Finnish Lakeland the largest lake district in Europe.

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Lakeland Central Finland 
National Parks in Central Finland


Central Finland citizens’ views to wellbeing