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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 27.4.2022

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.

Free with a Ukrainian passport

Cultural experiences and Swimming pool facilities and gyms

The city of Lahti wants to invite you to listen to the tunes of our orchestra, watch the plays of the city theatre and see the exhibitions of the city museums. With a Ukrainian passport, you can experience these experiences free of charge until 31 May 2022 and swim in the swimming pools too. The library’s services are free of charge for everyone. Read more

Free LSL bus transport

A Ukrainian passport allows you to travel free of charge on LSL bus traffic between 11 March and 1 June 2022. The passport must be presented to the driver when boarding the transport.

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