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Turku on the New York Times list of 52 Places to Love in 2021

  • Turku was selected from over 2000 reader proposals
  • The city is the only Finnish destination and one of only three Nordic destinations to appear on the list
  • Turku received a strong commendation from Avanti Chajed, an American who originally came to study in Turku

Turku is one of the New York Times’ 52 favourite places to experience in 2021. The city was chosen from over 2000 reader proposals as the only Finnish city to be included.

Ravintolan terassia ja jokirantaa kesäisenä päivänä.
Sunny summer day by the Aura River. Photo: Seilo Ristimäki.

Turku received high praise from the U.S.-born Avanti Chajed, who originally came to Turku to do a Master’s degree and is currently a doctoral student doing research on immigrant family experiences.

– I came to Turku in 2016 on a Fulbright scholarship, and I fell in love with the city on my first day. I was walking across a bridge over the Aura River — it was sunny, and the schools hadn’t quite started yet, so there were people all along the grassy areas on the riverbank. I remember thinking “I want to live here forever.”

Located in Southwest Finland, Turku is the country’s oldest city. It offers numerous attractions and activities, ranging from culinary experiences to fun stuff for families and enjoying one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world.

From a professional standpoint, the Turku region is home to the most dynamic region in Finland, with over 22 000 companies in a wide range of fields and six institutes of higher education. Check out open positions in the Turku region on the Career in Southwest Finland site, and read more about why Turku is a city not just to visit, but to fall in love with.

In addition to Turku, the only other Nordic destinations on the NYT list were the Laugavegur hiking trail in Iceland and the Svalbard archipelago in Norway.

Access the NYT list from here and learn more about Turku from here.