|• City manager||Harri Mattila|
|• Total||1,328.37 km2 (512.89 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,313.74 km2 (507.24 sq mi)|
|• Water||14.63 km2 (5.65 sq mi)|
|Area rank||82nd largest in Finland|
|• Rank||65th largest in Finland|
|• Density||13.1/km2 (34/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||98.8% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||17.4%|
|• 15 to 64||61.5%|
|• 65 or older||21%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.75%|
It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southern Ostrobothnia region, 400 kilometres (250 mi) northwest of Helsinki and by the main railway from Helsinki to Oulu. The town has a population of 17,206 (31 August 2013) and covers an area of 1,328.37 square kilometres (512.89 sq mi) of which 14.63 km2 (5.65 sq mi) is water. The population density is 13.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (34 /sq mi).
Knife making is a traditional industry in Kauhava, and many Finns recognize the name of this small town because of knives made there. At one time, as many as five different knife-making enterprises were underway in the town, but today there is only one – Iisakki Järvenpää Oy, which has been making knives in Kauhava since 1879.
Puukko (one of the styles of Finnish knife) made in Kauhava are sometimes referred to as being in the Ostrobothnian style.
Each June sees the Kauhava International Knife Festival, lasting a couple of (very sunny) days and including knife exhibitions, knife making and knife throwing.
As with many Finnish localities, there are museums in Kauhava (Kauhava-Seura). One in the center of town features both the knifemaking tradition as well as the local textiles, which are striking. An out-of-place fishing lure is one interesting feature of this museum. Another museum on the outskirts of Kauhava features the 19th century home and farm of Iisakin Jussi. It provides an accurate view of late 19th century life in Western Finland. The Iisakin Jussi House is not open during the winter months.
The surrounding country is flat and well suited to agriculture, alternating between fields and forests. The town probably takes its name from the small river which passes through it.
Kauhava is the home of the Finnish Training Air Wing.
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Kauhava is twinned with:
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- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
Media related to Kauhava at Wikimedia Commons
- Town of Kauhava — Official website