Kontiolahti is a municipality that was founded in 1873 and is situated in the heart of North Karelia in Eastern Finland. In addition to its great location, Kontiolahti offers a secure environment for young families with children. Today North Karelia has some 11,900 happy inhabitants. The population growth has continued at the same rate since 1978 and is estimated to continue at about 100 people per year. The population breakdown by age shows an unusually high percentage of youth and children. This is indicative of a vibrant, continuously developing and growing community.
Long-distance buses terminate at the central bus station in Joensuu, adjacent to Mannerheimintie and within easy walking distance of the Central Railway Station.
The Koli National Park lies in the municipalities of Eno, Lieksa and Kontiolahti, on the western shore of Lake Pielinen and covers 3000 hectares.
In general, Finland is a fairly safe country, and Kontiolahti is no exception. There are no exceptional crime problems or health hazards.