Suonenjoki

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Suonenjoki
Town
Suonenjoen kaupunki
Suonenjoki railway station
Suonenjoki railway station
Coat of arms of Suonenjoki
Coat of arms
Location of Suonenjoki in Finland
Location of Suonenjoki in Finland
Coordinates: 62°37.5′N 027°07.5′E / 62.6250°N 27.1250°E / 62.6250; 27.1250Coordinates: 62°37.5′N 027°07.5′E / 62.6250°N 27.1250°E / 62.6250; 27.1250
Country Finland
Region Northern Savonia
Sub-region Inner Savonia sub-region
Charter 1865
Market town 1967
City rights 1977
Government
 • Town manager Olavi Ruotsalainen
Area(2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 862.33 km2 (332.95 sq mi)
 • Land 713.55 km2 (275.50 sq mi)
 • Water 148.78 km2 (57.44 sq mi)
Area rank 129th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 7,561
 • Rank 138th largest in Finland
 • Density 10.6/km2 (27/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.8% (official)
 • Others 1.2%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 14.6%
 • 15 to 64 60.9%
 • 65 or older 24.5%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.suonenjoki.fi

Suonenjoki is a town and municipality of Finland.

Suonenjoki is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. The town has a population of 7,561 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 862.33 square kilometres (332.95 sq mi) of which 148.78 km2 (57.44 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 10.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (27 /sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Kuopio, Leppävirta, Pieksämäki, Rautalampi and Tervo.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Culture[edit]

Suonenjoki is famous for its strawberries. It is also known as "the Strawberry Town". Lots of foreign people, mainly from Russia, come to Suonenjoki in summer to work on strawberry farms. That makes Suonenjoki the most international town of Finland at summer. There is a party in Suonenjoki in July called Mansikkakarnevaalit, "Strawberry Carnival". There was also a rock festival named Jörisrock, the last "Jöris" was held in 2006. Nowadays, "Jöris" has been replaced by a music event called Iisrock.

There is also three museums, library and artshow.

Newspaper Sisä-Savo is published in Suonenjoki and nearby municipalities.

Geography, Traffic[edit]

Suonenjoki is situated between two important cities, Kuopio and Jyväskylä, and the main road 9 (E63) between those cities goes through Suonenjoki. The railway between Kuopio and Helsinki goes also through the center of Suonenjoki.

The neighbouring municipalities of Suonenjoki are Rautalampi in the west, Tervo and Karttula in the north, Kuopio in the east, Leppävirta in the southeast and Pieksämäki in the south.

Notable people from Suonenjoki[edit]

Kari Tapio, country & western and schlager singer
Iiro Pakarinen, ice hockey player in NHL

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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Suonenjoki at Wikimedia Commons