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Welcome from Ukraine to Lahti – Ласкаво просимо в Лахті!

Lahti is well prepared for receiving Ukrainians fleeing from the war, providing them with accommodation and ensuring their wellbeing. We will update this compilation with up-to-date information about measures and available services.

updated 1.9.2022

Welcome to Lah­ti! – Ласкаво просимо в Лахті!

We have compiled information for you ensuring you get off to a good start here.

Instructions on arriving from Ukraine to Lahti

The regional integration service point Alipi under the municipal organisation will offer advice and guidance regarding matters of immigration and integration.

The City of Lahti is part of a work group led by the Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing. The purpose of the work group is to prepare for and coordinate the asylum seeker situation in Päijät-Häme.

Currently, we are conducting an assessment of facilities that could be suitable as temporary accommodations. Schools are ready to provide preparatory education for children.

LSL bus transport

The right to free travel ends on 31 August. More information in Ukrainian

Culture and sports services

Starting in September Ukrainians arriving in Lahti will also be asked to pay a fee to visit the city’s museums, public swimming pools and gyms. Library services are free of charge for everyone.

Mayor Pekka Timonen: No room for hate speech in Lahti

Mayor Timonen encourages all Lahti citizens to be especially considerate in their social encounters. The war in Ukraine is shocking and reprehensible, but emotions caused by the war should not be taken out on other people in a negative fashion.

– The effects of the war in Ukraine will be long-term and far-reaching, regardless of how the situation develops.  The war is causing stress, and many of us are feeling grief and anxiety.  We need empathy and mutual support now rather than confrontation.  Read more

Translation in Russian

City of Lahti donates 65,000 euros in support of Ukraine

The City of Lahti is supporting the Ukrainian government with a donation of 65,000 euros to combat the humanitarian problems caused by the war.

Lahti has suspended its cooperation with Russian cities

On the mayor’s decision, the City of Lahti has suspended all cooperation with the Russian city of Kaluga. Similarly, environmental cooperation conducted with St. Petersburg has been terminated.

Additionally, the Finland–Russia Society has suspended its preparations for the Finnish–Russian Cultural Forum, which was due to be held in Lahti. The City Board will confirm the decisions in their meeting next Monday.

Further information

Finnish Immigration Service: Temporary protection for those fleeing Ukraine

Finnish Immigration Service: Frequently asked questions about Russia’s attack on Ukraine

Finnish Red Cross: The Finnish Red Cross helps victims of the conflict in Ukraine