For new students

Here you can find some basic information about Finland and the three towns (Kokkola, Ylivieska, Pietarsaari) where Centria UAS has campuses. We have also listed some useful links for you at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions about life here, don’t hesitate to contact us or your student tutors.

General information about Finland

  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Official languages: Finnish and Swedish
  • Finland is an EU member country and a Schengen area member.
  • Currency: euro.
  • Population: 5,47 million
  • Political system: Finland is a parliamentary republic with a head of government – the prime minister – and a head of state – the president.
  • Food: Traditional food in Finland includes fish, especially salmon, and reindeer meat. Popular dishes include pickled herring, lihapullat (meatballs) and graavilohi (raw salmon cured in salt). Pulla is a type of sweet bread eaten with coffee or as a dessert. Berries and mushrooms grow well in Finland. More information about finnish food: Iconic finnish foods. 
  • Special about Finland: Aurora borealis, Santa Claus, Midnight sun, sauna, lakes, wild nature

General information about Kokkola

  • Population 47 700
  • Finnish speaking 84 %, Swedish speaking 12,7 %, other languages 3,3 %
  • Founded by Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1620
  • Part of Central Ostrobothnia region
  • Special about Kokkola: located by the sea (Gulf of Bothnia), Neristan – The old town, 

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General information about Pietarsaari (in swedish Jakobstad)




General information about Ylivieska

  • Population 15 256
  • Part of Northern Ostrobothnia
  • Special about Ylivieska: shopping centre of surrounding area.


Useful links:

Centria UAS:

Student housing in Kokkola: 

Study in Finland:

Information about Finland:

Moving to Finland and living in Finland:  

Travel guide of Finland:

City of Kokkola:

Travel guide of Kokkola:

City of Pietarsaari:

City of Ylivieska: