Located on the west coast of Finland, Vaasa is known as a bilingual city, with 70 percent of the population speaking Finnish and 25 percent speaking Swedish as their mother tongue. Vaasa is an international city. People from more than 100 different countries live in Vaasa, and Nordic and international contacts have always been of great importance. Vaasa is the educational, cultural, and touristic center of Western Finland. Every third person you meet in the street is a student or school pupil; every fifth person studies at one of the universities. Vaasa is the Nordic leader in energy technology. A significant share of Finland’s – and of all the Nordic countries’ – energy technology industry is located in the Vaasa region. Thanks to short distances, Vaasa is an easy place to reach, live in and meet. The city is logically planned; five broad avenues and several lanes make sure traffic runs smoothly. The cultural life in Vaasa offers everything from opera to symphony concerts, Vaasa is statistically the sunniest city in Finland.