city in the region of Finland Proper
For the Italian town, see Salò.

Salo is a city of about 55000 inhabitants in Finland Proper, perhaps best known for the Nokia mobile phones.

Night view of the city centre and Salo river.


Salo has existed as a centre of rural commerce since at least the 16th century. It became a market town in 1887 and a town 1960. Much of the surrounding countryside, including Halikko, Kiikala, Kisko, Kuusjoki, Muurla, Perniö, Pertteli, Suomusjärvi, Särkisalo and Uskela, is now incorporated in the same municipality.

There has been electronics production in Salo since the 1920s. The success of the communications company Nokia in the 1990s made it flourish. This was where phones were assembled, to the extent production was not abroad, to have production near development. Bad times for Nokia have been bad times for the city; 2012 Nokia laid down its Nokia factory and 2015 Microsoft laid down the development facilities.

Get inEdit

By trainEdit

All trains between Helsinki and Turku stop in Salo,

By busEdit

The normal express ("pika") Turku–Salo–Helsinki buses stop in Salo, but not the special express ("express") Turku–Helsinki ones. There are also regional buses to Turku and a few "regular" buses between Turku and Helsinki via Salo. This means some buses once or twice an hour most of the day, every two hours for some time in the night.

By carEdit

Salo is located close to the motorway E18 (national road 1) between Helsinki (120 km) and Turku (50 km), by the former main road (national road 110) and at the ancient Great Coastal Road, the "King's road" between the cities.

The King's Road (Kuninkaantie, Kungsvägen) mostly follows what now are village roads. It is marked as a historic road. Unless in a hurry you might want to take this route to better see the countryside and visit some of the sights.

Get aroundEdit

Information about local buses can be found here. There is a route planner for local transport trips.

By taxiEdit

  • Menevä Salo. Smart phone app offers address based routing and calculates price according to them. For price information, see Menevä web site.
  • Valopilkku (Taksi Helsinki). Taxis ordered by smart phone app. Pricing not told on the web.
  • 02 Taksi. Smart phone app offers address based routing and gives price offers from different taxi companies. Pricing not told on the web.


Uskela church by C.L. Engel.
  • 1 Salo Art Gallery (Salon Taidemuseo), Mariankatu 14, +358 2 778 4892, .
  • 2 Rikala fortress hill (Rikalan linnavuori). Ruins of a fortified hill from the Iron Age. Situated in the former municipality of Halikko.


  • Visit Teijo National Park [1] and the historic iron works in Kirjakkala, Teijo and Mathildedal in Perniö, some 20 km south-west from Salo centre.


  • Outfox: 29–30 July 2016. A new summer rock festival in Salo (date needs updating)






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