Siilinjärvi

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Siilinjärvi
Municipality
Siilinjärven kunta
Siilinjärvi church
Siilinjärvi church
Coat of arms of Siilinjärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Siilinjärvi in Finland
Location of Siilinjärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 63°04.5′N 027°39.5′E / 63.0750°N 27.6583°E / 63.0750; 27.6583Coordinates: 63°04.5′N 027°39.5′E / 63.0750°N 27.6583°E / 63.0750; 27.6583
Country Finland
Region Northern Savonia
Sub-region Kuopio sub-region
Charter 1925
Government
 • Municipal manager Vesa Lötjönen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 507.81 km2 (196.07 sq mi)
 • Land 400.96 km2 (154.81 sq mi)
 • Water 106.85 km2 (41.26 sq mi)
Area rank 227th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 21,328
 • Rank 51st largest in Finland
 • Density 53.19/km2 (137.8/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.2% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 0.7%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 21%
 • 15 to 64 65.7%
 • 65 or older 13.4%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.siilinjarvi.fi

Siilinjärvi is a municipality of Finland. The name, in Finnish, means "Hedgehog Lake." Lakes are essential part of the geography of Siilinjärvi. There are 123 lakes, and the biggest of them are Kallavesi and Juurusvesi–Akonvesi. Water area is 106.85 km2, which is 21 % of the whole area of Siilinjärvi.[6]

Siilinjärvi is located in Eastern Finland, in Northern Savonia, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the city of Kuopio. The median age is relatively low; 23% of the population are under 15 years old. The main sources of income are services and industry. Siilinjärvi has eleven elementary schools and two secondary schools (one is located in Suininlahti and one downtown). One of the most important employers in Siilinjärvi is Yara International. Another big employer is Lujabetoni.

The airport of Kuopio is located in the village of Rissala in Siilinjärvi. The airport is also the home of the Karelian Air Command and the 31st Squadron of the Finnish Air Force.

Siilinjärvi is the birthplace of politician and prime minister Jyrki Katainen.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Siilinjärvi is twinned with:

A panoramic view over Siilinjärvi town centre in winter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "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. ^ Lakes of Siilinjärvi. Järviwiki Web Service. Retrieved 2014-03-16. (English)

External links[edit]

Media related to Siilinjärvi at Wikimedia Commons