The city is surrounded by lake Kallavesi. Many parts of the city are built on islands. Kuopio has always been a city of education. Two important schools are the University of Eastern Finland and the Savonia University of Applied Sciences.
Twin towns — Sister cities change
Kuopio is twinned with:
- "Miasta Partnerskie Opola". Urzad Miasta Opola (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "Kuopio and Shanghai Pudong have signed a sister city agreement". City of Kuopio. 2012-07-20. Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved 24 August 2012.