Oulu is a city and municipality of 201,124 inhabitants (31 August 2017) in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland.
Oulu Region is known for its technology, the hi-tech growth having started after the establishment of Oulu University in 1958. There are two science parks. The region is home to many hi-tech companies, such as the telecommunications company Nokia.
It is considered one of Europe's "living labs", where residents experiment with new technology (such as NFC tags and ubi-screens) at a community-wide scale.