Kauhajoki

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Kauhajoki
Town
Kauhajoen kaupunki
Kauhajoki church
Kauhajoki church
Coat of arms of Kauhajoki
Coat of arms
Location of Kauhajoki in Finland
Location of Kauhajoki in Finland
Coordinates: 62°25′N 022°11′E / 62.417°N 22.183°E / 62.417; 22.183Coordinates: 62°25′N 022°11′E / 62.417°N 22.183°E / 62.417; 22.183
Country Finland
Region Southern Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Suupohja sub-region
Charter 1868
Town privileges 2001
Government
 • City manager Keijo Kuja-Lipasti
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,315.56 km2 (507.94 sq mi)
 • Land 1,299.10 km2 (501.59 sq mi)
 • Water 16.46 km2 (6.36 sq mi)
Area rank 86th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 14,176
 • Rank 80th largest in Finland
 • Density 10.91/km2 (28.3/sq mi)
 • Demonym Kauhajokinen (Finnish)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.7% (official)
 • Swedish 0.2%
 • Others 1.1%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 16.4%
 • 15 to 64 65.2%
 • 65 or older 18.4%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 21%
Website www.kauhajoki.fi

Kauhajoki (literally “Scoop River”) is a town and municipality of Finland. The city is unilingually Finnish.

It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southern Ostrobothnia region. The population of Kauhajoki is 14,176 (31 January 2014)[2] and the municipality covers an area of 1,299.10 km2 (501.59 sq mi) of which 16.46 km2 (6.36 sq mi) is inland water (1 January 2011).[1] The population density is 10.91 /km2 (28.3 /sq mi).

History[edit]

Permanent settlement in the Kauhajoki area began in the 16th century and in 1584 chapel was built in Kauhajoki.

During the Winter War between 1939–1940, Kauhajoki hosted the Finnish parliament.

2008 vocational college shooting[edit]

On 23 September 2008, a school shooting at a vocational college in the city left 11 dead, including the gunman, and another woman wounded. The incident was the second school shooting in less than a year in Finland, the other being the Jokela school shooting in November 2007, in which nine people including the gunman died. Before that, only one other school shooting had taken place in the country's history, in Rauma in 1989, leaving two people dead.[6]

Sports[edit]

Some internationally successful Kauhajokian sports figures include:

  • Jouko Salomäki, the 1984 Olympic Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, was born in Kauhajoki.
  • Kaarlo Maaninka, the 1980 Olympic silver and bronze medalist in long distance running, lives in Kauhajoki. He also represented the town's sports club Kauhajoen Karhu during his career.
  • Vesa Hietalahti, the 2003 World Championship silver medalist in biathlon, was born and lives in Kauhajoki. He also represented the town's sports club Kauhajoen Karhu throughout his career.
  • Heli Koivula Kruger, the 2002 European Championship silver medalist in triple jump, was born in Kauhajoki. She also represented the town's sports club Kauhajoen Karhu throughout her career.
  • Jani Haapamäki, the 2009 European Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, was born in Kauhajoki. He also represents the town's sports club Kauhajoen Karhu.

Kauhajoki is also known about basketball club Kauhajoen Karhu, which plays in the Finnish first-tier league Korisliiga.

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. ^ "School Shootings Rare in Finland". YLE. 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kauhajoki at Wikimedia Commons