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Espoo is the second largest city of Finland, with a population of approximately 235,000.
It is part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area along with the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, and Kauniainen.
Espoo shares its eastern border with Helsinki and Vantaa, while enclosing Kauniainen.
Other bordering municipalities are Nurmijärvi and Vihti in the north and Kirkkonummi in the west.
The national park of Nuuksio is situated in northwest Espoo.
Espoo encompasses 528 km², of which 312 km² are land.
The current population is 235,019 (as of 2006-12-31), in Finland second only to that of Helsinki.
Espoo has several local regional centers.
Espoo is thus divided into the following major areas: Espoon keskus (also administrative center),
Espoonlahti, Kalajärvi, Kauklahti, Leppävaara, Matinkylä-Olari, and Tapiola.
The Helsinki University of Technology is based in Otaniemi, Espoo, along with a thriving science
community that includes numerous startups and organizations such as VTT
the Technical Research Center of Finland.
Nokia, the telecommunications company, operates from Keilaniemi (and also from Karamalmi),
Espoo, along with other high-tech companies such as KONE and Fortum.
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