Living in Oulu, Finland:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Oulu, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked two people living in Oulu what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Oulu is a city of around 100,000 residents, located almost exactly in the middle of Finland. I have often said to people considering visiting Oulu that it is not ideal for holidays due to a lack of leisure activities and tourist attractions. However, its clean environment and excellent schools make it a wonderful place for raising a family.

The most important thing a prospective resident must consider before moving to Oulu is that a knowledge of the local language (Finnish) is required, at least at a basic level. One may be able to get by with English in formal situations and when dealing with local authorities, but for social life and normal living, Finnish is essential. In addition to the language requirement, an open-mindedness to Finnish culture is of paramount importance.

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