Keskusta - täl pual jokke


The Southern Center (Keskusta) is a paradise for active residents. The area holds various parks with sports and cultural activities, and the famous restaurant boats moored at the Southern banks of River Aura.

The River Aura (Aurajoki) divides Turku and the city center into north and south. The Southern Center holds three major parks: Vartiovuori with a summer theater, Samppalinna, and Sports Park (Urheilupuisto) with various sports facilities, such as a summer swimming pool and a disk golf course. The old riverboats moored at the southern banks of River Aura cater to people's needs from lunch to nighttime. The center is the hub for public transport (Föli) and connections to other parts of Turku and neighboring municipalities are excellent.

Living costs in this area are naturally high, especially on the riverside, yet you get to live in the center of everything. The area contains wooden houses and apartment buildings from different decades. In the southern part of the area is an area with 'Swedish houses' from the 1940s. Luostarinmäki is a unique area and the only district of wooden houses that survived the great fire of Turku in 1827.

The Southern Center, like the rest of Turku, is playfully divided into those living on 'this side of the river' (southern side) and those living on 'that side of the river' (northern side). The southern side has a residents' association called Tälpual Jokke ry, which means 'this side of the river' in Turku dialect.

Which side of the River Aura do you enjoy the most?

Neighborhood features

Natural environment
by the riverside
parks nearby

Built environment
city center
close to the city center
apartment buildings

Building types
high-rise apartment buildings
low-rise apartment buildings
wooden houses
detached houses
terraced houses

Neighborhood characteristics
historical municipality

Area is

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Price level in the neighborhood info

Housing sales prices

Above average
Average price in Turku: 2090 €/m2
The price level is indicative.

Neighborhood residents info

Primary life situation

working 48 % students 12 % retired 33 % under 14 years old 6 % others 9 %
% of residents

Housing types

home ownership 40 % renting 58 % other types of housing 2 %
% of housing

Average age of the residents

45 years
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1 km to the Center of Turku