Varissuo – or Vakke amongst friends - is the official forbearer of suburban culture in Turku.
Varissuo is the eastern residential area of Turku, built in 1970's and 80's, at the height of the suburban construction years. Even in the early 70's the swampy area was home to more crows than people, which is how Varissuo has its name. As many as 12,000 people have lived in Varissuo at one time, but the current population is about 9,000.
Varissuo is Turku’s second largest suburb after Runosmäki, and is home to the highest proportion of immigrants in Finland, about one in three people from Varissuo are foreign. There are over 40 different nationalities represented from the residents of Varissuo, talking around 60 languages. Varissuo has its own shopping centre, Itäkeskus, home to Finland's first Eastern Bazaar. The services in the neighbourhood are some of Turku’s most diverse.
Varissuo has a great deal of notoriety amongst people living in Turku, but there is no doubt another side also exists. There are many satisfied inhabitants that have lived there for a long time and instead of being bothered about the status of their area they are more interested in the good services, reasonable house prices, excellent transportation links and close proximity to nature.