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    The Fat Policeman

    by King_Golo Updated Feb 9, 2014

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    This is probably the best-known sight in Oulu: the bronze statue of the Fat Policeman (Toripolliisi) in the centre of town. Designed by Kaarlo Mikkonen, the statue was revealed in 1987. Why Toripolliisi is looking so sad is only subject to guessing - maybe he doesn't enjoy standing in the cold air of winter or the hot air of summer forever...

    Toripolliisi and me
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    Wooden houses

    by King_Golo Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Due to incendiarism and insurance fraud, only a few of Oulu's wooden houses are left in the centre. Many others burnt down in the 1990s because the space they stood on was worth a lot of money and the old houses were not to be demolished.
    Some of them are still found along the market square - but imagine Oulu's centre being full of houses like these! They are typical for Finland and Scandinavia and always make up a good photo motive.

    Wooden House in Oulu
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    Oulujoki shore

    by King_Golo Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Oulujoki is the river flowing through the town of Oulu. It's divided into several arms in the town and along it's shores there are nice opportunities to go for a walk. While in winter you can enjoy nice views on the frozen river, in summer the atmosphere must be really friendly with many events going on near the river. Time to re-visit Oulu in summer, I'd say!

    Old boat in frozen Oulujoki Bridge to Pikisaari
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    Market Hall

    by King_Golo Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Oulu's market hall is a wonderful old brick building with all the atmosphere that makes a market hall a special place - old-fashioned food stalls, vendors selling reindeer meat and arctic honey, locals enjoying a beer at one of the small cafes. While it is only very small with two aisles where food and other stuff is sold, it is well worth a visit. Look out for photo opportunities!

    Inside the market hall The front of the market hall
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    Pikisaari

    by King_Golo Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Pikisaari is one of a few islands in Oulu River (Oulujoki). It's the most famous one because an active artists' community settles there and does art. This is visible in the old houses which already have a special atmosphere, and even more in some museums and galleries located there. Unfortunately, these were closed when I was there in February so all I could do was trying to find some nice corners of Pikisaari. Nevertheless, I guess it is a very nice place for a stroll during warmer times of the year.

    Mailboxes on Pikisaari
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  • Air Guitar World Championships

    by maria_te Written Aug 14, 2004

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    The Championships is part of Oulu Music Video festival. The first time it was organised was in 1996 and since then, it has grown every year. The national competition winners from various countries will directly go to the final, others who wish to show their talent can take part in the qualifying round in 45 Special Club on the night before the final.

    The Air Guitar World Championships attracts 15000 to 20000 visitors, which is a lot for Oulu, and it's heaps of fun! Definitely a must-see event, if you happen to be in Oulu in late August!

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  • Ice hockey

    by maria_te Updated May 25, 2004

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    If you go to Oulu during the ice hockey season and are lucky to be there for a home game, don't miss the chance! It's said Oulun Karpat has the best home audience and it can't be far off being the truth! And they WON the Finnish CHAMPIONSHIP in 2004!!

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  • Torinranta- market square

    by maria_te Written May 5, 2004

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    If you're after some original and traditional Finnish souveniers, the best place to go are the little blue and red wooden shops on the market square. The products they have are mostly hand made in Lapland.

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  • Torinranta

    by maria_te Written May 5, 2004

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    Lovely and lively place to enjoy a pint or two on a warm sunny evening! Lots of unique 'aittapubs' or just bring your own drinks!

    Torinranta

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