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Oulu Province is located between Lappland, Carelia and Kainuu region. The main city is of course Oulu, located on the coast.
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A little bigger countryside city with nothing to do and no one of interest. Mainly you could use the place as a stopping point while going on a beach holiday in neighbouring Kalajoki... 'Cause you'd most likely have to stop here then anyway.

You can use a train or a bus to arrive and leave... and of course a ride in the locals' cars.

During your likely short stay, you can go and visit the local shopping centre Kärkkäinen. As a foreigner, you can observe the outstanding country side people's behaviour. For example, the people who've arrived from neighbouring towns will stop and stare at you if you speak 'a strange language' like English. Also they'll try to turn their head at least 180 degrees to follow you as long as they can see you... or that's what happened to me & friend a couple of years ago. In the night time you could visit the local (not that high quality) bars and see people getting sh'tfaced. If you're a girl, some dirty old man will likely try to hit on you while so drunk that he can barely talk. If you're a boy, some guy will probably try to pick a fight with you. People are mostly rather silent and seem rude. Easiest way to find someone to talk with is to see someone who's working and HAS TO talk to you... but that doesn't always work either. Then you've but the high school age kids to try.

A true countryside city experience you'll never forget.
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Oulu is a great place to visit around the year. I suggest summer. It's not that expensive either. The best place to stay is Hotel-spa Eden, which is right next to the sea. It's one of the best spas in Finland, in my opinion. If you have a low budjet, there's a hostel called Turisti opposite the train station. And of course you can go camping, there's a great area for that next to Eden.
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A nice medium sized Finnish city.

Good to visit during summer, while you can see the nearby islands and the sights downtown very easily and in decent weather (it can get really cold during winter). Most places are open. Tietomaa is an interesting place for, say under 12-year-old, children and perhaps their parents too. Adults will likely enjoy the other sights better.

Avoid the crowds when bars start to close and ask the locals which city part to avoid.

!!Follow up Omenahotelli (omenahotels.com) situation, since you can save some serious money staying a night there instead of any other hotel. They don't have a hotel in Oulu yet but announce ongoing negotiations.

It's easy to come and go to and from Oulu. You can use plane, train, bus, private car etc.
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