Why Oulu?

There are many reasons to choose Oulu, on the shore of the Bothnian bay, as your conference location. Oulu is the hub of Northern Finnish science, business and culture and the fastest-growing city area in arctic Europe. What’s more, it’s a city with a warm heart in the middle of magnificent northern nature.

A congress at the intersection of urban life and nature

Conference industry experts in Oulu have solid experience in arranging international conferences as well as major national events. Oulu has pleasant and functional conference venues for small happenings and sizable conferences. A compact city centre, short distances, fluid traffic and versatile accommodation options make Oulu a splendid conference city. Oulu provides a unique setting for a conference where the beat of the city, the closeness of nature and northern hospitality all go hand in hand. In Oulu, your guests will enjoy a pleasant package of big-city services and small-town warmth.

A conference in Oulu is so much more besides work: it is an exotic experience. In the wintertime, your international guests will be amazed by the frozen sea available for walks right next to the city centre. In the summer the midnight sun shines through the night.

Oulu is original

Oulu is known as a bicycle city, famous for its extensive and well-maintained network of bicycle routes as well as the resilience of the local winter bikers. Also, Oulu is the European Capital of Culture in 2026 – no wonder with events oozing originality and soul. Just look at the Air Guitar World Championships, arranged in Oulu since 1996. Oulu also offers quality theatre, circus, art, sports and music events in big arenas as well as small clubs.

Bring your conference guests to Oulu and offer them some truly original experiences!

Tips for arranging a congress in Oulu

Whether you are an experienced congress organiser or a first-timer, don’t hesitate to ask for OCB’s help. To get started, check out these valuable tips for arranging a meeting or congress.

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Rauhala ravintola-pâtisserie

Frans&Camille indoors

Frans&Camille Bistro

Veranta for private occasions

Breakfast & Private Restaurant Veranta

Maikkula Mansion´s courtyard.

Maikkula's Manor the Charter Restaurant

Robson's Lunch

SuperPark Restaurant

The Smoke Sauna.

Saunas of the Maikkula Mansion

Meriholstin kokoustiloista löytyy videotykki, valkokangas ja fläppitaulu.

Meriholsti Meeting Room & Private Saunas in Nallikari, Oulu

Meeting facilities in Lapland Hotels Oulu.

Conference and venue facilities in Lapland Hotels Oulu


Meeting Day at the Maikkula Mansion

Hotel Lasaretti, Pato-Hall

Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti's Venues

A unique restaurant in idyllic Pikisaari in Oulu.

Hailuodon Panimo's Restaurant Mallassauna

Main area

Conference and Banquet Facilities by Original Sokos Hotel ArinaOulu


Voimala 1889

Automatic belay

Oulu Climbing Center

De Gamlas Hem meetings and events Ester.

De Gamlas Hem Meetings and Events