SOS Children's Village Punkaharju

In 1972, the second SOS Children's Village was constructed at Punkaharju. This SOS Children's Village enjoys a particularly beautiful location; the site borders on a lake and is surrounded by wonderful forests. The beautiful lakes of Saimaa and Puruvesi offer a host of opportunities for boat trips and fishing. The entire area is extremely popular in Finland as a place for recreation.

With its ten family houses, a Community House and additional buildings the SOS Children's Village of Punkaharju is Finland's largest SOS Children's Village. The houses are built in the traditional style of this area and fit harmoniously into the landscape. Thanks to the location of the Village, the children have many opportunities to exercise, do sports and play games. A secondary school and a high school are just within walking distance from the Village, and the children attend these local schools. Furthermore, there are vocational schools and a university in the city Savonlinna, which is situated 35 kilometres from Punkaharju. The former SOS Girl's Home is now a conference centre with its own guest rooms.

The various happenings in the Village create a feeling of togetherness and is a good support in the upbringing and socialising of the children. Hospitality is a natural part of the life in the Village, whether the visitors are relatives, Finnish friends or international co-workers.