Kauniainen is one of four towns and cities included in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It is located in the middle of its nearest neighbour, Espoo. Kauniainen is a town of quaint villas and gardens, with roughly 8,500 residents.
Kauniainen was established in 1906. The earliest residents sought out a quiet, healthy and safe living environment in the vicinity of the nation’s capital, and this is what the town is still able to offer. Kauniainen is characterised by single-family houses and its closeness to nature. The town represents a modern, small and pleasant garden town, where local planning aims at preserving these values.