Highways in Finland

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Valtatie 1 near Halikko

Highways in Finland, or Main roads, comprise the highest categories of roads in Finland:

  • Main roads Class I – Finnish: valtatiet; Swedish: riksvägar – numbered 1–39, between major cities
  • Main roads Class II – Finnish: kantatiet; Swedish: stamvägar – numbered 40–99, between regional centers

Overview[edit]

Highways numbered from 1 to 7 radiate from the capital Helsinki (Highways 2, 5 and 6 diverge from 1, 4 and 7, respectively), while highways 8 to 10 radiate from Turku on the south-western coast of Finland. Highways 11 and 12 originate in Tampere. The rest of the highways start from other major cities.

Sections of highways between major cities have often been upgraded to motorways, for example between Helsinki and Tampere. Since Finland is a large and sparsely populated country, there is no reason to upgrade all highways to motorways.

The motorway network totals 779 kilometres (484 mi) with additional 124 kilometres (77 mi) reserved only for motor traffic.[1]

List of current highways[edit]

The road sign informing the motorists they are travelling on a Finnish motorway
Finland road sign 561.svg Helsinki − Turku
Finland road sign 561.svg Vihti (1 km)
Finland road sign 561.svg VantaaTampere - Ylöjärvi
Finland road sign 561.svg Helsingby (Korsholm) − Vaasa
Finland road sign 561.svg HelsinkiHeinola
Finland road sign 561.svg VaajakoskiJyväskylä − Kirri
Finland road sign 561.svg LiminkaOuluHaukipudas
Finland road sign 561.svg Marostenmäki (Simo) − KemiKeminmaa (20,9 km)
Finland road sign 561.svg Lusi, Heinola (3 km)
Finland road sign 561.svg Vehmasmäki − Kuopio
Finland road sign 561.svg Kuopio − Siilinjärvi
Finland road sign 561.svg Mansikkala − Kaukopää (Imatra)
Finland road sign 561.svg Reijola − Käpykangas (Joensuu) (10,8 km)
Finland road sign 561.svg HelsinkiLoviisaKotkaHamina
Finland road sign 561.svg (Hamina – Vaalimaa), planning in progress, planned opening 2018 [2]
Finland road sign 561.svg TurkuRaisio
Finland road sign 561.svg (Raisio – Masku) under construction 2014–2016 [3]
Finland road sign 561.svg HelsingbyVaasa (shared with valtatie 3)
Finland road sign 561.svg TurkuLieto
Finland road sign 561.svg ViialaTampere
Finland road sign 561.svg Kuopio − Siilinjärvi (part of Valtatie 5)
Finland road sign 561.svg Ylämylly (Liperi) − Reijola (Joensuu) (21 km)
Finland road sign 561.svg TampereNokia
Finland road sign 561.svg Lohjanharju − Lohja (part of Valtatie 1)
Finland road sign 561.svg TornioKeminmaa (World's northernmost motorway)

Rings[edit]

Ring I (Kehä I) in Pukinmäki, a northern district of Helsinki

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finnish Road Statistics 2010 (PDF). Statistics from the Finnish Transport Agency 6/2011 (ISSN-L 1798-811X). Helsinki: Finnish Transport Agency (FTA). 2011. pp. 23, 49. ISBN 978-952-255-699-8. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.liikennevirasto.fi/e18vaalimaa
  3. ^ "Raisio-Masku". Liikennevirasto. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.lvm.fi/web/fi/tiedote/view/1134153

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