Helsinki Region has plenty of trees and plenty of brains, but most important is where they are located. Helsinki Region is right in the middle of the Baltic Sea region, surrounded by fast growing markets, with fast access to the EU and easy air access beyond Europe far to the East and West.
Helsinki Region is packed with highly-educated professionals: 42% of its inhabitants possess a university-level education, many of them products of one of Helsinki's 19 universities and universities of applied sciences. Among them, the University of Helsinki is the oldest and the biggest.
Helsinki Region consists of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kaunianen as well as surrounding municipalities (28) represented by the Uusimaa Regional Council. In addition to urban areas, Helsinki Region still has many small towns, villages, sparsely settled rural areas, national parks and lots of islands. To the east the Region of Kymenlaakso consisting of 7 municipalities, is defined by its wilderness, the sea and the archipelago as well as the built cultural environment. The Häme region has a long tradition of textile and glass design. The 16 municipalities of the region are divided into three sub-regions, those of Hämeenlinna, Forssa and Riihimäki.