Utajärvi, GeoHouse Älykylä -smart village 

Happy life in Utajärvi 

World's first Älykylä® will be established to Utajärvi, Northern Ostrobothnia. Utajärvi is known as a municipality of happy people, where even the children in daycare are caressed for a nap.

GeoHouse Älykylä® is a pioneer in sustainable housing. It is known to be the world's first housing cooperative-based residential area to invest in new technology to deliver housing savings and climate benefits.

The detached houses to be built in Utajärvi are prefabricated houses made of non-depressed logs to be delivered from Kiirunatalot Oy's Tornio factory. (the appearance of the houses differs from the houses in the photo)


Participation share and rent can be decided by yourself

When joining a cooperative, you can choose how much you want to pay above the minimum. The higher the participation share, the lower the cost of housing.

There are available three detached house models to choose from:

1. Karunki, floor area 83 m2

2. Kiviranta, floor area 97 m2

3. Laivaniemi, floor area 143 m2

Prices are estimates that vary depending on the number of participants in the start-up phase and the services selected.


The rent includes:

- Home in a new smart house

- Energy: heat + electricity

- Internet connection

- Access to shared facilities

- Access to use shared cars

- Access to collective goods

- Water and wastewater

- Property tax

- Property management and maintenance (as well as maintenance and upkeep of the common property)

- Fund accumulation

All factors influencing the rent determination are known to the residents and are based on actual costs.


Climate positive housing

An advanced innovative energy system, even on a world scale, is coming to Utajärvi's GeoHouse Älykylä®, where all the energy used is produced self, using solar energy. Holda Energy Solutions OyHeliostorage OySchneider ElectricGranlund Consulting Oy and Seniortek Oy together with house manufacturers and ASV Oy are responsible for the development of the energy and smart home system. In addition to producing low-cost clean energy for buildings, attention is also paid to carbon sequestration in material choices to create long-term carbon stocks.

In Älykylä -smart villages special attention is paid to information security. GeoHouse Älykylä -smart village is the first information secure residential area in Europe built in rural areas.

 The establishment of a cooperative is carried out when enough reservations have been made to start the construction. The construction work can be started immediately after the establishment of the cooperative. You can make a reservation now by contacting us using the Contact Request form.  When we receive your message, our representative will contact you to arrange an appointment. The free appointment will go through the whole process, so you know as much as possible when you make the decision to join.




Picture: Draft design phase 1


Construction location: Utajärvi, Alakylä, plot 889-407-7-93/1, and 889-407-7-93/2 

Construction site scope: 42 420 m2 + 60 250 m2 = 102 670 m2 

Construction site owner: Municipality of Utajärvi (handed over to the cooperative to be established as the project progresses) 


Happy life in Utajärvi 

Utajärvi is studied to be a municipality of happy people.  Indeed, in a municipality, people are really taken into account in decision-making. Communality is indeed present throughout the municipality. In the GeoHouse Älykylä®, the happiness of residents is also an important part. Communality, economic sustainability, and ease of living enhance happiness. With the GeoHouse Älykylä® project and a municipally approved family package for children, the municipal population has begun to grow after 30 years of decline. Become one of the happy citizens of Utajärvi too.

The vibrant municipality is indeed growth-oriented and inspiring. Jobs are also available in many sectors and there are good conditions for doing business. The location near Oulu also offers plenty of opportunities for work, hobbies and culture.

The cost of construction depends on the number of dwellings built. The first phase aims to build housing for at least ten families, for energy production and Smart Grid distribution, as well as shared facilities. Later, the number of apartments can be increased up to 40 apartments. The deductible for construction costs (participation share ) depends on the type of housing chosen. Rents based on actual costs include financing costs, property maintenance costs, electricity and heat, water, property tax, and other standard housing costs. The compensation system is used to balance costs according to use among residents. The residents themselves decide on the margin charged by the cooperative, which can be used to increase the cooperative's solvency. 

 Picture: Area plan /Johanna Kerovuori, Architect


The municipality of Utajärvi supports from the beginning of life 

Already at birth in Utajärvi, a baby receives a gift from the municipality. Furthermore, even after this, the municipality is also heavily involved in the baby's life. The municipality of Utajärvi offers families with children a family package and free high school. 
Support package for families with children: 

-Free early childhood education. Savings up to 3179 euros/year (1st child). 
-Municipal home care support allowance of 300 euros per month (the youngest child under 2 years old). 

Free High School: 
-Free textbooks. Saving approx. 1300 euros. 
-Free school transport of more than 5 km. Savings of 1032 euros. 
-Rental Apartment 150 EUR/month (if needed) 
-EUR 400 discount on driving license 
-Internationalization course. Savings of 40% on the cost of a study trip included in the course.  
-Study trip to Helsinki (school pays) 
For more information about the services offered by the municipality of Utajärvi, visit www.utajarvi.fi.