Joutseno is located by the beautiful lake Saimaa surrounded by idyllic Karelian woods. It is a small town that connects to nearby cities of Imatraand Lappeenranta, and further on to the larger Joensuu through the national thoroughfare, main road number six, and theKarelian railroad. Local industries include a large Botnia mill and a bakery. The notorious Konnunsuo prison is located in the same district. Joutsenon Opisto houses a branch of Humanistic Polytechnics and has open university programmes.