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A hotel in Lahti is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Lahti hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Lahti are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Lahti hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Lahti hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Lahti have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Lahti
An upscale full service hotel facility in Lahti that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Lahti hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Lahti
Full service Lahti hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Lahti
Boutique hotels of Lahti are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Lahti boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Lahti may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Lahti
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Lahti travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Lahti focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Lahti hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Lahti traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Lahti hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Lahti
A bed and breakfast in Lahti is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Lahti bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Lahti B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Lahti
Lahti hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Lahti hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Lahti
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Lahti hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Lahti lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Lahti
Lahti timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Lahti often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Lahti on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Lahti
A Lahti motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Lahti for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Lahti motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Lahti
Lahtis
City
Lahden kaupunki
Skyline of Lahti and official logo
Skyline of Lahti and official logo
Coat of arms of Lahti
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Finland's Chicago, Business City
Location of Lahti in Finland
Location of Lahti in Finland
Coordinates:  / 60.983; 25.650  / 60.983; 25.650
Country Finland
Region Päijänne Tavastia
Sub-region Lahti sub-region
Charter 1905-11-01
Government
• City manager Jyrki Myllyvirta
Area (2016-01-01)
• Total 459.43 km (177.39 sq mi)
• Land 135.05 km (52.14 sq mi)
• Water 19.53 km (7.54 sq mi)
Area rank 191st largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)
• Total 118,885
• Rank 8th largest in Finland
• Density 880.3/km (2,280/sq mi)
Population by native language
• Finnish 95.7% (official)
• Swedish 0.3%
• Others 4%
Population by age
• 0 to 14 14.7%
• 15 to 64 67.2%
• 65 or older 18.1%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate 19.5%
Website www.lahti.fi

Lahti (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈlɑxti], Swedish: Lahtis) is a city and municipality in Finland.

Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. It is situated on a bay at the southern end of lake Vesijärvi about 100 kilometres (60 mi) north-east of the capital Helsinki. In English, the Finnish word Lahti literally means bay. The Lahti region is growing and is one of the main economic hubs of Finland.

The coat of arms of the city depicts a train wheel surrounded by flames.

Lahti: History

Lahti was first mentioned in documents in 1445. The village belonged to the parish of Hollola and was located at the medieval trade route of Ylinen Viipurintie, which linked the towns of Hämeenlinna and Vyborg.

Lahti town plan from 1878 by Alfred Caween.
A map of Lahti made by Nils Westermark in 1750–52

The completion of the Riihimäki – St. Petersburg railway line in 1870 and the Vesijärvi canal in 1871 turned Lahti into a lively station, and industrial installations began to spring up around it. For a long time, the railway station at Vesijärvi Harbour was the second busiest station in Finland. Craftsmen, merchants, a few civil servants and a lot of industrial workers soon mixed in with the existing agricultural peasantry.

On 19 June 1877, almost the entire village was burned to the ground. However, the accident proved to be a stroke of luck for the development of the place, as it led to the authorities resuming their deliberations about establishing a town in Lahti. The village was granted market town rights in 1878 and an empire-style, grid town plan was approved, which included a large market square and wide boulevards. This grid plan still forms the basis of the city center. Most of the buildings were low wooden houses bordering the streets.

Lahti was founded during a period of severe economic recession. The Russian Empire was encumbered by the war against Turkey. The recession also slowed down the building of the township: land would not sell and often plots were not built on for some time. In its early years, the town with its meagre 200 inhabitants was too small to provide any kind of foundation for trade. At the end of the 1890s, Lahti's Township Board increased its efforts to enable Lahti to be turned into a city. In spring 1904, the efforts finally bore fruit as the Senate approved of the application, although it was another eighteen months before Tsar Nicholas II finally gave his blessing and issued an ordinance for establishing the city of Lahti.

At the end of 1905, the area that now comprises Lahti accommodated around 8,200 people of whom just under 3,000 lived in the city itself. All essential municipal institutions were built in just ten years, including a hospital and a city hall. At the same time, a rapid increase in brick houses was taking place in the centre of the city. The Battle of Lahti was fought in the 1918 Finnish Civil War as the German Detachment Brandenstein took the town from the Reds.

In the early 1920s the city gained possession of the grounds of the Lahti Manor, an important piece of land previously blocking the city from the lake. Large-scale industrial operations grew rapidly in the 1930s as did the population; Lahti, at the time, was one of Finland's fastest-growing cities, and before the start of the Winter War its population was approaching 30,000.

Through the addition of new areas in 1924, 1933 and 1956, Lahti grew, both in terms of population and surface area. Especially strong was the growth after the wars, when Lahti accepted about 10,000 immigrants from Karelia, after the region was surrendered to the Soviet Union, and then later in the 1960 and 1970s as a result of mass urbanization. The population growth came to a sharp end in 1975 and the city has since grown very little, with the latest notable growth in population happening in 2016 when the municipality of Nastola became a part of Lahti.

Lahti: Climate

Climate data for Lahti, Finland
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −2.2
(28)
−2.8
(27)
1.1
(34)
7.8
(46)
16.1
(61)
18.9
(66)
22.2
(72)
18.9
(66)
12.8
(55)
7.2
(45)
1.1
(34)
−1.1
(30)
8.33
(47)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.7
(19.9)
−7.2
(19)
−2.8
(27)
2.8
(37)
10.0
(50)
13.3
(55.9)
16.7
(62.1)
14.4
(57.9)
8.9
(48)
4.4
(39.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
−4.4
(24.1)
4.07
(39.31)
Average low °C (°F) −11.1
(12)
−12.2
(10)
−7.2
(19)
−2.2
(28)
3.9
(39)
7.8
(46)
11.1
(52)
10.0
(50)
5.0
(41)
2.2
(36)
−2.2
(28)
−7.8
(18)
−0.22
(31.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 50
(1.97)
30
(1.18)
40
(1.57)
30
(1.18)
40
(1.57)
60
(2.36)
70
(2.76)
80
(3.15)
70
(2.76)
60
(2.36)
70
(2.76)
50
(1.97)
650
(25.59)
Average precipitation days 10 8 9 11 12 12 13 13 14 17 14 11 144
Source: Weatherbase.com

Lahti has a humid continental climate (Dfb), also closely bordering on a subarctic climate (Dfc).

Lahti: Culture

Sibelius Hall

Lahti harbors cultural ambitions, and recent years saw the building of a large congress and concert center, the Sibelius Hall. Lahti has one of Finland's most widely known symphony orchestras, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonia Lahti ), which performs both classical and popular music, notably concentrating on music by Jean Sibelius.

Lahti's annual music festival programme includes such events as Lahti Organ Festival, a jazz festival at the market square and Sibelius Festival.

Lahti: Sports

Ski jumps at the sports centre
Hiihtostadion, also known as the Lahti Stadium

Lahti: Wintersports

Lahti has a rich sporting tradition, especially in various wintersports. The city is well known for the annually held Lahti Ski Games (Salpausselän kisat) and the Finlandia-hiihto cross-country skiing contest. It is also the only city to host the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships seven times, doing so in 1926, 1938, 1958, 1978, 1989, 2001 and 2017.

Lahti: Ice hockey

The Pelicans have competed in the top level of Finnish ice hockey, the Liiga, since 1999. Before the new millennium Reipas represented Lahti in top-flight hockey for 50 years. Many former NHL players, such as Janne Laukkanen, Toni Lydman and Pasi Nurminen, have started their careers in Reipas.

Lahti: Association football

Historically the city's most successful association football club has been Kuusysi. In their golden years lasting from the early 1980s to the 1990s they won five Finnish championships as well as two Finnish Cup titles, with appearances in European competitions each year. Their greatest rivals, Reipas, won a total of three championships and seven cup titles from 1963 to 1978 but diminished in the early 1980s as Kuusysi got stronger.

In the 1990s both clubs ended up in such massive financial difficulties that a merger was executed in 1996, with the newly formed club adopting a new name, crest and colours. FC Lahti has played in the Veikkausliiga since 1999, excluding a season-long visit to the first division in 2011, placing third and appearing in Europe twice.

Lahti: Other events

The 1997 World Games and the 2009 World Masters Athletics Championships were held in Lahti. For the 1952 Summer Olympics, some of the football matches were played at Kisapuisto.

Lahti: Education

Lahden yhteiskoulu from 1896
Lahti Folk High School

Lahti: Comprehensive and private education

Lahti has 16 comprehensive schools and eight secondary schools. Comprehensive education is also available in English and Swedish. Lahden yhteiskoulu is the city's only private school offering both comprehensive and upper secondary education.

Lahti: Upper secondary and vocational education

All four upper secondary schools in Lahti have a specialty: the Lyceum has expertise on subjects such as mathematics and biology, and sports (formerly in Salpauselkä), Tiirismaa focuses on music in association with the Lahti Conservatory, Kannas organises theatre classes and Lahden yhteiskoulu offers an economy-centered class.

Salpaus is an educational consortium owned by the municipalities in Päijänne Tavastia arranging most of the region's vocational education and trade schooling. The privately owned Dila and Lahti Conservatory educate students for healthcare and music-related professions, respectively.

Lahti: Tertiary education

Lahti's greatest educational asset is the highly valued Institute of Design and Fine Arts, which is a part of Lahti University of Applied Sciences, the LAMK. The institute has gained international recognition in particular for jewelry and industrial design, while other areas of expertise include metal, woodworking and furniture.

There are two national sports institutes near Lahti. The Vierumäki International Sports Institute based in Heinola is the most versatile centre of sports and physical education in the country, operating under the Ministry of Culture and Education. In addition the Pajulahti Sports Institute, located in Nastola, is one of the leading sports and training centres in Finland.

One of Finland's six multidisciplinary university campuses is based in central Lahti. The University of Helsinki's Department of Environmental Sciences is the university's only science department located outside the Greater Helsinki area.

Lahti - Level of Education.png

Lahti: Economy

The economic region of Lahti, which includes the surrounding municipalities, was strongly affected by the collapse of Finnish-Soviet trade and by the recession in the early 1990s. The value of production slumped, especially in the mechanical engineering industry and other manufacturing industries (e.g. the furniture industry). Production also decreased in the textile and clothing industry. In 1990, there were 90,370 jobs in the Lahti region. The number of jobs diminished over the next couple of years, so that in 1993 there were fewer than 70,000 jobs in the region. The number of jobs had slowly increased to 79,138 in 1999.

Lahti unemployment rate.png

Employment by sector (City of Lahti) 1980 1990 2000 2007
Services 52.0% 59.3% 63.5% 72.4%
Industry 47.1% 40.1% 36.4% 27.4%
Agriculture & Forestry 0.9% 0.6% 0.1% 0.2%

In 1995, R&D expenditure was FIM 715 per person, while Finland's average was about FIM 2050. The amount of Tekes (the National Technology Agency) funding in the Lahti Region grew 40% during 2004–2007 while the average growth in Finland was 60%.

R&D Finland 2005.png

Gross domestic product (Lahti Region) 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
GDP at current prices; million € 3,449.3 3,709.7 3,697.5 3,982.3 4,136.8 4,242.4 4,381.9
Changes of GDP; year 2000 = 100% 100.0% 107.5% 107.2% 115.5% 119.9% 123.0% 127.7%
GDP per capita; whole country =100% 80.7% 82.0% 79.4% 84.3% 83.9% 83.4% 81.2%
GDP per employed; whole country =100% 86.6% 87.3% 83.6% 88.9% 88.7% 88.6% 87.1%

Lahti: Demographics

The city centre of Lahti

As of 31 March 2016 the population of Lahti was 118,885, making it the eighth largest city in Finland by population. The population of Nastola, which became a part of Lahti on 1 January 2016, has not been noticed in the following chart.

Population by district 1964 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
Centre (Keskusta) 27,400 21,800 15,600 13,700 17,280 19,778
Laune 13,200 17,100 23,300 22,600 23,670 24,568
Kivimaa–Kiveriö–Joutjärvi 17,100 23,500 20,700 18,300 17,790 16,974
Kärpänen 9,400 7,600 12,800 12,700 11,940 11,612
Ahtiala 4,600 5,100 5,100 9,100 10,500 10,897
Mukkula 1,300 9,100 9,500 8,500 8,120 7,877
Jalkaranta 2,500 1,950 5,600 6,200 6,020 5,852
Kolava–Kujala 900 550 400 300 310 710

Lahti: Transportation

Railway station, built in 1935 and designed by architect Thure Hellström.

Lahti: Local transport

The city is served by 20 local bus lines, most of which are pendulum lines between two different areas via city centre. Bus transport in the Päijänne Tavastia region is organised by the regional transportation authority, known as Lahden seudun liikenne or LSL, and run by several private companies which have bid for the right to run their lines. LSL buses cover all urban areas at 10–20 minute intervals and most nearby municipalities at 30–60 minute intervals.

Lahti is served by VR commuter rail, the Z train to Helsinki and the R train to Riihimäki run hourly. Most services to Kouvola don't have a letter designation and are run every three hours aside from rush hours. There are plans for building two new train stops inside the city limits before 2020, Hennala and Karisto. A local service to Heinola has been proposed but renovating the old line has been deemed too expensive and unprofitable in the long term, unless the Finnish state reaches an agreement with regional councils to finance a direct rail link from Lahti to either Jyväskylä or Mikkeli.

Lahti: Long-distance transport

Bus station, built in 1939 and designed by architect Kaarlo Könönen.

The city's main transportation hubs are the market square (Kauppatori) and the travel centre (Matkakeskus), with local buses providing a non-stop service between the two. The travel centre was built between 2014 and 2016 around the Lahti railway station by building new local bus stops around the station, a long-distance bus terminal next to the station building and an automated parking facility for commuters.

All local and long-distance trains and buses stop at the travel centre, making it convenient to transfer from one mode of transport to another. The city council has sold the old bus station in the city centre and it will be redeveloped for other uses in the near future.

Lahti: Trivia

The asteroid 1498 Lahti was named after the city by its discoverer, the Finnish astronomer Yrjö Väisälä.

Lahti: Notable people from Lahti

  • Göran Enckelman, footballer
  • Pasi Nurminen, former NHL goaltender
  • Toni Lydman, former NHL player
  • Toni Nieminen, ski jumper
  • Janne Ahonen, ski jumper
  • Mikko Ilonen, professional golfer
  • Jari Litmanen, professional footballer
  • Aksu Hanttu, drummer of Entwine
  • Ilona Jokinen, soprano opera singer
  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor and violinist
  • Eija-Riitta Korhola, politician
  • Jaana Pelkonen, politician and hostess of Eurovision Song Contest 2007
  • Jimi Tenor, musician

Lahti: International relations

Lahti: Twin towns-sister cities

Lahti is twinned with:

  • Sweden Västerås, Sweden (since 1940)
  • Iceland Akureyri, Iceland (since 1947)
  • Denmark Randers, Denmark (since 1947)
  • Norway Ålesund, Norway (since 1947)
  • Ukraine Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine (since 1953)
  • Hungary Pécs, Hungary (since 1956)
  • Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (since 1987)
  • Germany Suhl, Germany (since 1988)
  • Russia Kaluga, Russia (since 1994)
  • Estonia Narva, Estonia (since 1994, partnership agreement)
  • China Deyang, Sichuan, China (since 2000)
  • Czech Republic Most, Czech Republic

Lahti: References

  1. "Population density by area 1.1.2016". Statistics Finland. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  3. "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  4. "Population according to age and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  5. "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=592783
  7. Міста-побратими м. Запоріжжя [Twin Cities Zaporozhye]. City of Zaporizhia (in Ukrainian). Шановні відвідувачі і користувачі сайту. Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  • 1952 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 62–3.
  • City of Lahti – Official city website.
  • Lahti Guide – information for visitors to Lahti.
  • Lahti region - Living, business and travel information.
  • Lahti info - News, events, business and other information.
  • Lahti video - documentary about city of Lahti
  • Lahti travel guide from Wikivoyage

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Media

  • Etelä-Suomen Sanomat – local newspaper in Finnish (translates as South Finland News)
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