Oulu, venue of the Air Guitar World Championships

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 01:35 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Pokkitörmä - Oulun Lyseo with Cathedral bell-tower in the backgound © Estormiz

Pokkitörmä – Oulun Lyseo with Cathedral bell-tower in the backgound © Estormiz

Oulu is a city and municipality of 143,988 inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, in Finland. It is the most populous city in Northern Finland and the sixth most populous city in the country. It is one of the northernmost larger cities in the world.

In 1822, a major fire destroyed much of the city. The architect Carl Ludvig Engel, chiefly known for the neoclassical (empire style) buildings around Helsinki Senate Square, was enlisted to provide the plan for the rebuilding of the city. With minor changes, this plan remains the basis for the layout of Oulu’s town center. The Oulu Cathedral was built in 1832 to his designs, with the spire being finished in 1844.

Once known for wood tar and salmon, Oulu has evolved into a major high-tech centre, particularly in IT and wellness technology. Other prominent industries include wood refining, paper, and steel. The University of Oulu is located six kilometres north of the city center. The Oulu Airport, located in the neighboring municipality of Oulunsalo, is the second busiest in Finland.

University of Oulu © Tumi 1983 Town Hall © Estormiz Oulu Theatre © Estormiz Rantakatu Street © Estormiz Kuusiluoto - Wooden houses © Estormiz Pokkitörmä - Oulun Lyseo with Cathedral bell-tower in the backgound © Estormiz
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Pokkitörmä - Oulun Lyseo with Cathedral bell-tower in the backgound © Estormiz
The municipality of Ylikiiminki was merged with the city of Oulu on January 1, 2009. Oulu and the municipalities of Haukipudas, Kiiminki, Oulunsalo and Yli-Ii will be merged on January 1, 2013.

The best known cultural exports of the city of Oulu are Air Guitar World Championships, Mieskuoro Huutajat (also known as Screaming Men), and the now defunct metal band Sentenced.

There are many artists, writers and musicians resident in the city. A variety of concerts, both rock, classical music, and jazz, as well as other cultural events take place each year; for example, Oulu Music Video Festival – the host of the Air Guitar World Championships and Musixine Music Film Competition – in August, annual rock festival Qstock in July, the Oulu Music Festival in winter, the Oulunsalo Music Festival in summer, The Irish Festival of Oulu in October and the International Children’s Film Festival in November. Kalmah is a melodic death metal-band from Oulu that formed in 1998.

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