Quality of life in Satakunta

Satakunta, a region of quality living, offers a possibility to be employed in interesting tasks and create a life of your wishes. The quality of living is made of our sense of community, possibilities of hobbies, short distances, competitive salaries and affordable living expenses.

Happy people

If Finland is the happiest country in the world (1st ranking in 2018), then people in Satakunta must be the happiest people in the world. Satakunta clearly invests in the quality of life of its citizens as people living in Satakunta have been revealed to be the happiest people in Finland. Alma Media conducted a happiness survey in 2017, interviewing 3,600 Finnish adults across provinces. 90% of the respondents from Satakunta reported that they feel happy at least “fairly often”. The margin of error of the survey is ±1.6%

Affordable living

Satakunta is known for affordable living and short distances. According to a living expenditure survey conducted by the Finnish Real Estate Federation (FREF) in 2016, Pori and Rauma are the most affordable cities for urban living. Living is affordable in other parts of the region as well. The provincial centre (Pori) can be accessed within an hour from any part of the region. Satakunta offers competitive salaries compared to the rest of the country. In Satakunta, people have more time and money for other life pursuits.

Satakunta people - productive, nice and reliable

People in Satakunta are productive, loyal and straightforward, and known for their distinctive dialect, such as the Pori dialect and Rauma dialect. Communality is highly valued in Satakunta: the region has over 4,400 unions and associations. The never-ending ice hockey battle between Porin Ässät and Rauman Lukko for Satakunta supremacy brings fun and suspense, and the entire Finland is familiar with these iconic hockey teams.

Steady roots

The roots of the region date back to prehistoric times, to 6500–6000 B.C. The Elk's Head of Huittinen, which is estimated to be up to 7,000 years old, is the best-known archaeological artefact and the oldest stone sculpture found in Finland. The blue and yellow colours in the coat of arms of Satakunta originate from John Duke’s coat of arms from 1557. They became the official colours of Sweden when John Duke became John III of Sweden in 1569.

Finland has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and two of them are found in Satakunta: Old Rauma, a historic wooden house area, and Sammallahdenmäki, a Bronze Age burial site.

Region of creativity and unique experiences

The unique, several kilometres long Yyteri beach in Pori is a popular destination throughout the year. The Bothnian Sea National Park in Satakunta protects our natural heritage and offers refreshing experiences to visitors. Alvar Aalto’s masterpiece Villa Mairea is located in Noormarkku, Pori. The Pelle Hermanni Park in Pori is the largest public playground for children in Finland. The legendary Pori Jazz Festival and public debate forum SuomiAreena attract visitors in July.

The region is also known for its food, such as porilainen (toast), lamprey, kakko bread and sea buckthorn, and the lace traditions of Rauma. Satakunta, and Pori in particular, is a cradle of creativity. For example, Peter Vesterbacka, Jenni Ahtiainen, Jorma Uotinen, Herra Ylppö, Dingo, Yö and Circle all come from Satakunta – there must be something special in the air.

Elinvoimainen ja tuottava maakunta, jota Suomi tarvitsee

Satakunta’s industrial, export, energy and food sectors contribute to the economic prosperity of the entire country. Finland needs Satakunta; the productive region produces food to the rest of Finland 1.5 times the size of the population. Satakunta is also the major electricity producing region in Finland. 25.5% of all electricity in the entire country is produced in Satakunta. Future company investments in the region are estimated to amount to over 1.3 billion euros. The region has two major ports, the Port of Rauma and the Port of Pori, which are responsible for a significant proportion of Finnish exports.
Satakunta is a region of positive structural change where growing companies are constantly looking for skilled workers. There is an increasing demand for automation and robotics engineers, metal workers as well as social and health workers. Highly trained specialists are also needed in various fields.

Companies in the region, for example: Cimcorp, Headai, Elinar, Rauma Marine Constructions, Biolan, Oras, Clothing+, Apetit, Kivikylä, HKScan, Eumer, Pintos, Kaino, Eskimo, TVO, Ahlström, Tactic, Sampo-Rosenlew, UPM, Metsä Group and many others. Read more in our web articles.

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