Kokkola, with a population of around 46,000, is located in Central Ostrobothnia in Western Finland, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. The city is the region's financial, administrative, educational and cultural centre.
Over the last few decades, the industrial city of Kokkola has turned increasingly into a city of commerce, services, education and research. Its most notable industrial sectors are the chemical, metal and engineering, and boat industries, with information and communications technology the most recent addition. Kokkola is also an important centre of agricultural production.