Involved in growth and development
The Lahti Business Region is an attractive and evolving environment that is ready for new experiments and bold ideas.
Its central location in the logistics zone of Southern Finland, diverse business scene, communal business networks and interesting city culture create opportunities for growth.
The Lahti region offers interesting developments and a wide range of business opportunities. Read more about the sites under active development below.
Salpausselkä Sport Park
The Lahti Sports Centre, Kisapuisto Sports Park and Ranta-Kartano area form an active sports and fitness zone called Salpausselkä Sport Park, which offers recreational opportunities in almost a hundred different sports and a setting for international events.
The KymiRing area is being developed into a versatile event arena
KymiRing is the leading motor racing circuit in the Nordic countries, and it will meet the highest requirements of FIM and FIA in the future. The 4.5-kilometre-long track, 180-hectare motor racing centre and wireless Nokia DAC 5G system offer top conditions for motor sports and public events of up to 100,000 people.
KymiRing already offers many opportunities for businesses, such as a vehicle testing and product development environment. It will also offer new business opportunities later on as the area expands.
The future development plans for the area include a separate driver training and vehicle testing environment, featuring a track for practising braking and giving way, different terrain shapes such as uphill and downhill, a curved track, various surface materials, and test drive facilities that allow for automated driving systems, among other things.
Niemi – from an industrial and harbour area into a campus area
The conversion of the Niemi area on the shore of Lake Vesijärvi from an industrial and harbour area into a campus area continues actively. The area is home to the Lahti Science Park, among other things, and the modern campus area operating in a renovated former industrial property of Isku now houses LUT University, the Lahti University Campus and LAB University of Applied Sciences. Both campuses in the Niemi area house teaching and business activities.
The future vision is that Niemi will be a functional area combining jobs, education, research and housing as well as recreation, boating, beaches and green areas.
The shoreline is also a significant area with regard to boating and other recreational use. The plan is for the lakeside route from Jalkaranta via the Vesijärvi Harbour and Sibelius Hall to also continue uninterrupted through the Niemi area to the Mukkula Manor Park area.
Lahti-Vesivehmaa Airport – opportunities for businesses and enthusiasts
Lahti-Vesivehmaa Airport is a local aviation centre located in Asikkala, roughly 20 minutes north of Lahti. Practically every form of sport aviation is represented at the airport. The airport also serves as a base for extensive education in aviation: pilot licences for gliding, powered flight and ultralight aviation, as well as flight instructor training for powered aircraft and ultralight pilots.
The municipality of Asikkala and the City of Lahti have a shared vision for the area’s development. The municipality of Asikkala has launched the preparation of a master plan for the airport area. The future vision includes such things as a broader range of recreational and business activities around the airport, which could also benefit tourism and business.
Lahti-Vesivehmaa Airport is a little over 10 minutes away from the junction of the Lahti–Helsinki highway. The new Metsä-Aakala business area is being built near the airport along main road 24.