Espoon Suomi-Israel Yhdistys ry

Finland-Israel Association in Espoo

The mission of the Finland-Israel Association in Espoo is to boost business, technology and innovation collaboration between Espoo and Israel

The Team

Board of Directors


Risto Huvila, M&A Advisor (Chairman)

Jarmo Kalliola, Investor (Vice-Chairman)

Ella-Roosa Tenhunen, Art Producer (Secretary)

Simon Elo, Member of Parliament, City Councillor

Peter Fagerholm, Managing Director, Friends & Brgrs

Antero Laukkanen, Member of Parliament, City Councillor

Ethel Salutskij, President, Keren Kajemet Finland


You can contact us at espoo.israel@gmail.com




From the left: Antero Laukkanen, Jarmo Kalliola, Risto Huvila, Ella-Roosa Tenhunen, Ethel Salutskij and Peter Fagerholm.

Simon Elo missing from the photo.

Information on City of Espoo


Espoo is the second biggest and the fastest growing city in Finland. Espoo companies are responsible for around 50 % of the turnover in the Helsinki Stock Exchange.


As part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, it is a gateway between Europe, Russia and Asia. Therefore global headquarters of major Finnish companies and more than 430 international companies are located in Espoo. Our business friendly environment offers an accessible location, functional infrastructure, modern logistics and communications networks for international companies and investors.


Espoo is a home of city booming startup scene, multiple headquarters of global corporations, hundreds of innovative SME's and companies in knowledge-intensive sectors. Many commute daily to Espoo from the neighbouring municipalities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.


The city is has gained international fame as a hub of know-how, research and development, at the heart of which stands the Aalto University campus.


Large natural areas are characteristic of Espoo: seashores, the archipelago, the wilderness in nature reserves and the waterways of the lake highlands. The cultural landscapes, constructed environments and natural areas of Espoo are like Finland in miniature.


Espoo in numbers

  • Population: 269,500 (31 Dec 2015)
  • 24 % of the Helsinki capital area population live in Espoo
  • over 51 % of residents hold a university degree
  • 24 % population growth within next 20 years
  • approx. 20 % of jobs in ICT sector
  • Five city centres: Espoon keskus, Espoonlahti, Leppävaara, Matinkylä, Tapiola
  • Area: 528 km²
  • Land area: 312 km²
  • Water area: 216 km²
  • Islands: 165
  • Lakes: 95
  • Seashore: 58 km
  • Municipal tax: 18%
  • Unemployment rate: 10.9% (31 Dec 2015)
  • City Council: 75 members. National Coalition Party 29, Green League 13, The Finnish Social Democratic Party 10, True Finns and Non-Aligned 10, The Swedish People´s Party 6, The Centre Party 2, The Left Alliance 2, The Finnish Christian Democrants 2, Vårt Esbo-Meidän Espoomme 1.


The area around Espoo is a thriving region that covers Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Tallin. Its direct neighbours are Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and the Airport city of Vantaa.