Riihimäki

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Riihimäki
Town
Riihimäen kaupunki
Riihimäki railway station
Riihimäki railway station
Coat of arms of Riihimäki
Coat of arms
Location of Riihimäki in Finland
Location of Riihimäki in Finland
Coordinates: 60°44′N 024°46′E / 60.733°N 24.767°E / 60.733; 24.767Coordinates: 60°44′N 024°46′E / 60.733°N 24.767°E / 60.733; 24.767
Country Finland
Region Tavastia Proper
Sub-region Riihimäki sub-region
Charter 1922
City rights 1960
Government
 • City manager Seppo Keskiruokanen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 125.56 km2 (48.48 sq mi)
 • Land 121.02 km2 (46.73 sq mi)
 • Water 4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Area rank 325th largest in Finland
Population (2014-09-30)[2]
 • Total 29,387
 • Rank 37th largest in Finland
 • Density 242.83/km2 (628.9/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 97% (official)
 • Swedish 0.4%
 • Others 2.6%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 17.2%
 • 15 to 64 66.8%
 • 65 or older 16%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.75%
Website www.riihimaki.fi

Riihimäki (literally "Drying barn hill") is a town and municipality in the south of Finland, about 69 kilometres (43 mi) north of Helsinki and 109 kilometres (68 miles) southeast of Tampere. An important railway junction is located in Riihimäki, railway tracks go to Helsinki, Tampere and Lahti from there. Würth Oy has its Finnish Headquarters and logistics center in Riihimäki. Valio has a major dairy in Herajoki part of Riihimäki. Famous Sako rifles are produced in Riihimäki.

Travel Centre

Finland's highest flagpole is located in Riihimäki.

The town is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Tavastia Proper region. The town has a population of 29,387 (30 September 2014)[2] and covers an area of 125.56 square kilometres (48.48 sq mi) of which 4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 242.83 inhabitants per square kilometre (628.9/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

History[edit]

Riihimäki was established around the Riihimäki railway station, one of the original stations on the Helsinki–Hämeenlinna track (main railway track of Finland). It became the first railway junction in Finland when the Riihimäki – Saint Petersburg track's first section from Riihimäki to Lahti was opened in 1869. Gradually, the town grew around the station.

In 1922, Riihimäki separated from Hausjärvi and became an independent market-town. Riihimäki got its city rights in 1960. It was home to the reputed Riihimäki Glass company that remained in business from 1910 through 1990.

A VR Class Hv1 steam locomotive#554 'Heikki' near Riihimäki Railway Station in Riihimäki

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Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Riihimäki is twinned with:

References[edit]

Notes
  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 30.09.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 17 November 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. ^ "Aalborg Twin Towns". Europeprize.net. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Riihimäki at Wikimedia Commons