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Iisalmi is situated, with
its 23 000 inhabitants, in Eastern Finland in the Northern Savo province belonging at the
same time to the Upper Savo sub-region (63 000 inh.), which is EU's Objective 1 region.
The town of IISALMI was founded in 1891 and incorporated with the rural commune in 1970.
Last year Iisalmi celebrated its 110 anniversary as a town. Total area of Iisalmi is 872,6
km2 including 763,3 km2 of ground and 109,3 km2 of water area. Characteristic features of
the region are unspoilt nature with many lakes and a friendly atmosphere with a strong
sense of regional culture, tradition and humour. Whatever the season, the district of
Iisalmi offers colourful events and interesting sights. Our lively marketplaces, fairs and
village festivals give visitors many happy memories to take home.
Ikaalinen became an
independent commune in 1641. The associated market town was founded in 1858. The market
town and the commune were united in 1972 and Ikaalinen became a borough in 1977, a town
with a rural atmosphere. The Ikaalinen of today has an area of 842 km2 (of which 91 km2 is
water) and the population is 8000. The centre of Ikaalinen is on the beautiful lake
Kyrösjärvi nearby Highway 3. Ikaalinen is an old tourist attraction in Finland. Its spa
tradition dates back to the last century and folk music, especially accordion music is one
of its traditions. Its beautiful landscape has always fascinated visitors.
The Imatra region has several centuries' experience of serving tourists. The spas
and the free-flowing Imatrankoski rapids attracted visitors from far-away places. In
addition to historical attractions, the region today offers excellent opportunities for
many types of holiday-making: cottage holidays, relaxation, outdoor activities, adventure
trips, and so on.This, the oldest nature park in Finland, occupying the area around the
Imatrankoski Rapids, was founded in 1842 by order of Tsar Nicholas I. The Kruununpuisto
Park features four different sections, the Koskipuisto Park, the Patopuisto Park, the
Muinaisuoma Park and the Valtionhotelli Park, and numerous sights, ranging from monuments
to the largest hydroelectric power plant in Finland and a summer theatre. The most famous
of these sights is the Imatrankoski Rapids, admired by thousands of people each year
during the rapids shows arranged in the summer. The bare watercourse alone is a sight to
Ingå (in Finnish Inkoo) is a municipality with a vast archipelago in the
province of Nyland (Uusimaa) in southern Finland, 60 km west of Helsingfors (Helsinki).
Nowadays the vast archipelago is popular with holiday makers, who double the population
during the summer. Ingå has continually been a source of inspiration for numerous artists
from both home and abroad - authors, painters, poets and musicians.
Joensuu has many walking or
jogging tracks and illuminated ski trails. Kuhasalo nature trail is a 2 km walk with
information boards along the route. The Kuha Cabin is a nice evening get-together spot
(for up to 20 persons). The trail is easy going, and the starting point is the house at
the end of Kukkosensaarentie.The Jaama Circuit is a 47 km trail around the strip of water
between Lake Pyhäselkä and the Höytiäinen. Suitable for either mountain biking or
hiking. There is a recreation trail covering North Karelia known as the Karelian Circuit.
In the village of Vaulammi is situated a craggy nature trail of approximately 3
kms.The area is one of South-West Häme's highest points of 139m above sea level. The
trail has an altitude difference of 40-50 meters. The nature trail was completed in 1994
by Tapio Ruokonen. The scenery changes from bogs to granit rocks. You can also see the
parts of the Vaulammi`s history on the trail.You can visit the dancing place from the
1800s and also the 1928 potato storage area that at its peak had dozens of potato stores.
You can also see the old moonshine making place and the place of the old village shop.
There are two scenic points on the trail, one looking towards the church of Jokioinen and
the other towards Ypäjä. The trail starts and finishes at the farm of Tapio Ruokonen.
Welcome to the Country Town of
Juankoski, which is about one hour's drive from the towns of Kuopio and Joensuu. The
distance from Kuopio to Karjalankoski is about 50 kilometres through the waterways. Our
nature is beautiful and green with hilly terrain, and the landscape is divided by the
lakes and many islands. Juankoski is a town of nearly 6 000 inhabitants. Our country town
is rich in diversified commercial life and lively agriculture.
In Jyväskylä and its immediate
surroundings you can enjoy the beautiful Finnish nature as well as the activities of a
lively urban centre. Take a cruise on the lakes surrounding the city or let yourself be
surprised by the rich variety of culture in Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä hosts a variety of
national and international conferences and trade fairs every year. The Congress and Trade
Fair Centre, Jyväskylä Paviljonki, provides excellent venues for all kinds of events. It
is centrally located within the city, which allows easy access to a wide variety of
hotels, shops and restaurants. In summer Central Finlands beautiful scenery with its
hills, lakes and summer cottages is a natural draw for Finnish and foreign holidaymakers
alike. The fine snowy winter attracts skiers to the slopes and cross-country trails, while
snowmobile fans set out on their winter safari. Cultural life is lively both summer and
winter. Theres also an extensive choice of accommodation and places to eat.
Jämsä is a thriving provincial town beside Lake Päijänne. It offers the
benefits of high quality services and a beautiful and varied rural environment. In the
Middle Ages Jämsä and the neighbouring districts formed an administrative parish where
hunting and fishing were the main sources of livelihood. On a bank of the River Jämsä an
old Viking settlement has been discovered. Today the centre of Jämsä together with the
Kaipola sub-centre and UPM-Kymmene Industrial Park, form a continuous ribbon of built-up
area along the banks of the River Jämsä. The Halli sub-centre is located in the area of
Kuorevesi, the municipality incorporated into Jämsä town since 2001. In summer Lake
Päijänne provides good opportunities for touring by water. From Jämsä town centre one
can travel along the idyllic River Jämsä to Lake Päijänne. The Päijänne sailing race
is the most important sailing competition in inland waters. Jämsä
has a flourishing cultural life. The summer theatres in the sub-region are especially
active. Kivipankki (Stone Bank in English), the Jämsä sub-region's oldest bank building,
has been rebuilt as a small and friendly exhibition and concert venue. More and more art
and other events are also being organized in the summer by the banks of the River Jämsä.
Jämsänkoski is situated in the southernmost part of Central Finland with its
green hills and the beautiful Lake Kankarisvesi nearby. Within a short distance are the
cities Jyväskylä (provincial capital) and Tampere. Despite its rather fewer than 8000
inhabitants, Jämsänkoski has a firm foothold in an enterprising region with 30 000
inhabitants. The location of our town is quite strategic as within a radius of 200
kilometres live approximately 58% of the Finnish people.
Järvenpää is located in
the Helsinki Region, along the Helsinki-Lahti freeway, a 30-minute drive from downtown
Helsinki, and at the same time along the main railway line to the north. It takes 20
minutes to drive to the international airport. With a population of 36,000, Järvenpää
is a vigourous commercial and industrial city specializing in high technology-oriented
metal industry. The city is home to a number of internationally successful companies, such
as Metso Paper and Rocla. Järvenpää is to a great extent a garden city and offers
excellent recreational and leisure time opportunities. Järvenpää is best known as the
home town of the master composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius built his log villa Ainola to be
"sufficiently far from the temptations of Helsinki". He and his family lived at
Ainola for more than fifty years. The spirit of Jean Sibelius is very much alive at
Ainola. The museum, maintained to preserve a home-like atmosphere, is open to public from
May to the end of September. The annual Sibelius Festival during the first two weeks of
October has gained also international recognition.
Kaarina is a pleasant, medium-sized town (pop. 20,000) just outside the town of
Turku. The central location and the varied natural scenery make Kaarina the perfect
environment for inhabitants and companies alike.
Kaavi Municipality can offer plenty of possibilities both in winter and in
summer. The inhabitants of Kaavi say that they are running downhill in summer and in
winter. In summer, the river Vaikkojoki is a desirable place for hiking, fishing and white
water canoeing. In winter, Maarianvaara is the skiing centre for the whole family with
downhill skiing, tobogganing runs and cross-country ski tracks.
Kalajoki, a community formed by its inhabitants, is a prejudice-free town
characterized by tourism and the sea. The widest sand dunes in northern Europe, Kalajoki
Hiekat, lie by the Gulf of Bothnia. Over 500 000 tourists visit Kalajoki Hiekat and
Kalajoki every year. In Kalajoki you can find various accommodation services, many of
which also include different supplementary services. The types of accommodation range from
camping site cottages to high-class holiday flats and houses or from hotel rooms with
spectacular sea views to farm accommodation, all of which welcome tourists to come and
stay. In summer there are about 2 200, in winter about 1 200 beds available.
Kangasniemi is located at the heart of Finland, on main road 13 in Etelä-Savo.
The nearest cities are Pieksämäki (49 km), Mikkeli (52 km) and Jyväskylä (63 km).
Helsinki is 250 km away. Kangasniemi has around 6 500 inhabitants. The number more than
doubles during the holiday season. There is water, beach and islands all over the place.
Four reasonably good grocery shops. Adequate services and lots of peace and quiet.
Karis (in Finnish: Karjaa) is a lively town with about 9000 inhabitants in the
Western part of the province Uusimaa. Approximately 60 % of the population has Swedish as
their mother tongue and about 40 % Finnish. The town serves the surrounding area as a
centre of commerce, industry, education and social services.
Situated north of the Salpausselkä ridge Karjalohja has been richly endowed by
nature. You will find serene deciduous woodland, deep forests, glittering lakes, and
plants that normally need warmer climes to flourish in. At the threshold of the Helsinki
metropolitan area and Turku, it is an ideal place for families to make their homes. People
working from home find the environment inspiring.
The Karkali nature park (nature
reserve) represents the deciduous woodland typical of Karjalohja. You can wander along
marked paths and visit Torhola cave, the biggest limestone cave in Finland. The Tammisto
arboretum is also worth visiting. It is the most versatile of the dendrological parks in
Finland and is known nationwide. The charming surroundings of the old iron works at
Kärkelä are a suitable starting point for a canoeing trip to Nummijärvi, about 10 km.
- Karkkila was founded in 1932, when
the center of the municipality of Pyhäjärvi was separated into the township of Karkkila.
It got its city rights in 1977.
The completion of the blast furnace in 1822 was the turning point in Karkkila's history.
The Högfors Foundry was established in 1822, and the blast furnace was built by the
Karkki rapids in the Karjaa river. The iron ore was brought from the nearby Rautamäki
The nature of Karstula offers a lot to see, rest, recreation and peace. There are
clear pure lakes, big forests and hiking trails and boating and canoenig routes. The
Kilpisuo Wildlife Preserve is about 200 hectares. It's a so-called "oasis marsh"
with many different types of swamps and birds. The area is in Kiminki in the neighbourhood
of Mainroad 13. Also in the Aittosuo Marsh Preserve different and rare birds and plants
are found. The hiking trail "The Finger of Lapland" is meant for those who like
hiking and wandering. There is a sauna in the Vahvanen Wilderness Hut.
Kauhava is a young city situated on the
plains of southern Ostrobothnia. With a population of circa 8500 people, Kauhava is a
business and service trade center in the area. The city thrives by its agricultural
production, industries and the two important educational facilities, The Finnish School of
SME Business Administration and the Air Warfare Academy.
Kauhava is easily accessible to travelers - the city is situated at the meetingpoint of
the highway 19 and the mainroad 63, and there is also a railway station in Kauhava. The
distance from Helsinki to Kauhava is 400 km, from Vaasa 80 km and from Seinäjoki 40 km.
Since 1945, an airshow is given yearly by the pilots of the Air Warfare Academy. The event
is called the Airman's Midsummer, and it draws friends of aviation and horse racing to
Kauhava, multiplying Kauhava's population for a few days. The Midsummer's Eve celebrations
open at the founding place of the Youth association, Kalan Torppa. Immediately afterwards
the festivities continue with the summer's first rally-car race. The following day, there
is horse racing at the local race track.
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