City of Mikkeli

Mikkeli, one of the loveliest cities in Finland, is a city full of vigour and innovation spirit. The beautiful nature and Lake Saimaa with its versatile outdoor and sports opportunities attract movers from everywhere.

The City of Mikkeli in numbers

  • Founded in 1838
  • Total surface area 3,229.57 km²
  • Water bodies 681.11 km²
  • 52,583 residents*
  • Mikkeli is the 18th largest city in Finland by population

A city with sport and well-being in focus

Mikkeli has some 200 different sports venues , which offers excellent opportunities for sports and exercise throughout the year. In addition to individual venues, the city boasts of nearly 300 kilometres of trails, tracks and skiing tracks, of which some 80 kilometres are lit. The Mikkeli region has several beautiful hiking trails with great views, sights and Finnish lean-tos called laavus along the trail.

Mikkeli is situated in the Finnish Lakeland area, which means that there are 951 lakes in the region. In Mikkeli alone, there are 29 public beaches maintained by the City and free to use by all. In the winter, Mikkeli is ideal for outdoor winter swimming or visiting the two indoor swimming pools, Naisvuoren uimahalli and Viihdeuimala Rantakeidas.

Some of the city's gravel, grass and artificial turf pitches are frozen over in winter for ice-skating, in addition to the ice hockey rinks and the Hänninhauta artificial skating ground. The citizens may use the rinks and skating facilities freely whenever the local sports clubs are not using them. The outdoor skateboard park, disc golf tracks and basketball courts as well as the beach volley, floorball and tennis courts may also be freely used, but they can also be booked in advance. In addition to the indoor swimming pools, the city offers two indoor ice stadiums, an air-dome mainly intended for football, several gyms, school gyms and an indoor skateboarding park.