Oulu (Finland)

Oulu is a larger city in the western part of Finland, located at the delta of Oulu River. Oulu is one of the largest student cities of the country, and also a large transportation hub when entering the north. The city has an art museum, the science center "Tietomaa" and an own theater. The market place and the bathhouses at the sandy beach of Nallikari are also popular destinations. Due to the large number of students the nightlife is vivid and Oulu is also considered to be the best place to eat pizza."

Population: 196,260
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official languages: Finnish, Swedish
Skill level of the English language : Good
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: You are not expected to tip. You can round up the bill if you like.
Time in destination: Oct 30, 2020, 6:50:56 PM

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Weather Forecast


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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 14.5 21.0 7.2 8
February 14.9 21.4 7.7 6
March 23.5 30.4 16.3 7
April 33.4 40.5 26.4 5
May 45.5 54.1 37.2 6
June 56.5 64.6 48.4 8
July 61.2 69.1 53.2 8
August 56.7 64.2 49.3 10
September 47.1 53.6 40.8 9
October 36.9 41.5 32.2 8
November 26.2 30.7 21.2 9
December 18.5 24.4 11.7 8

More information: Oulu forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Oulu is an expensive destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $94.43, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $307.49, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $80.52
  • Hotel (3 stars): $68.47
  • Hotel (4 stars): $147.94
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $16.64
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $25.54
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.02
  • Meal, McDonalds: $9.36
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $12.87

More information: Oulu price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Oulu destination map


Oulu has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 64.2 (better than United states average 48.0)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 75.6 (better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 62.2 (better than United states average 41.7)

More information: Oulu safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

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