Iisalmi

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Iisalmi
Town
Iisalmen kaupunki
Iisalmi railway station
Iisalmi railway station
Coat of arms of Iisalmi
Coat of arms
Location of Iisalmi in Finland
Location of Iisalmi in Finland
Coordinates: 63°34′N 027°11′E / 63.567°N 27.183°E / 63.567; 27.183Coordinates: 63°34′N 027°11′E / 63.567°N 27.183°E / 63.567; 27.183
Country Finland
Region Northern Savonia
Sub-region Upper Savonia
Charter 1627
City rights 1891
Government
 • Town manager Jarmo Ronkainen
Area(2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 872.13 km2 (336.73 sq mi)
 • Land 762.91 km2 (294.56 sq mi)
 • Water 109.22 km2 (42.17 sq mi)
Area rank 127th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 22,130
 • Rank 48th largest in Finland
 • Density 29.01/km2 (75.1/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99% (official)
 • Others 1%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 15.5%
 • 15 to 64 65.8%
 • 65 or older 18.6%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.iisalmi.fi

Iisalmi (Swedish: Idensalmi) is a town and municipality in the Region of Northern Savonia in Finland.

The municipality has a population of 22,130 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 872.13 square kilometres (336.73 sq mi) of which 109.22 km2 (42.17 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 29.01 inhabitants per square kilometre (75.1 /sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

History[edit]

Iisalmi traces its roots back to 1627, when the parish of Iisalmi was formed around the local church.

In the 18th century, when Finland was under Swedish control, Sweden was frequently at war with Imperial Russia, and the area of Koljonvirta in Iisalmi was a battlefield on which one of the greatest Swedish victories occurred. However, Sweden lost its last war with Russia and had to surrender Finland to the Russian Empire in 1809.

Iisalmi gained its status as town in 1891.

Economy[edit]

Olvi, the last big independent beer brewery in Finland, has its factory and headquarters in Iisalmi. (Other big Finnish breweries have been bought by multinational companies.)

Genelec, the manufacturer of high-quality active monitors and loudspeakers used in recording studios worldwide, has its factory and headquarters in Iisalmi.

Normet, engineers and manufacturers of mechanised equipment for underground rock-mining and tunnelling, also has its factory and headquarters in Iisalmi.

Profile Vehicles Oy, makes ambulances and police cars.

Iisalmi has its own railway station on the VR network. The line between Iisalmi and Oulu was electrified in December 2006, replacing diesel haulage of trains.

Culture[edit]

Music[edit]

Currently the most famous Iisalmi-based band is a humorous country-rock orchestra Halavatun Papat. A rough translation of the name is "Damn Grandfathers".

20th-century composer Joonas Kokkonen was born here, as were singer-songwriter Jaakko Teppo and jazz pianist and composer Jarmo Savolainen.

Events[edit]

Iisalmi, even though being a relatively small town, has many cultural events on small and somewhat larger scales. One memorable event of the many is "Rompepäivät", which translates as "the days of old junk and stuff". People gather together bringing all kinds of old stuff imaginable from small sewing needles to old tractors for everyone to see and a lot of small things to be sold. Small amount of old restored cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors, some of them Finnish made, are displayed for others to see. Here people talk about "good old times" or wonder over "ancient artifacts". Sometimes some of the finely restored machines are for sale to anyone interested to buy—of course if they can afford it.

"Oluset" is a music festival organized each July annually. The main sponsor is local brewery company Olvi. "Oluset" roughly translates to "a few beers". Also a smaller festival, "Limuset" (Little soft drink festival" is organize as well by Olvi. "Limuset" is mainly dedicated to kids and young people, and no alcoholic drinks are sold in the area.[6]

Sports[edit]

Iisalmi is best known for its football club, PK-37.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Iisalmi is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Population according to age and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.oluset.fi/

External links[edit]

Media related to Iisalmi at Wikimedia Commons