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District of Espoo
Location of Haukilahti within Espoo
Location of Haukilahti within Espoo
Coordinates: 60°09′47″N 24°46′30″E / 60.163°N 24.775°E / 60.163; 24.775Coordinates: 60°09′47″N 24°46′30″E / 60.163°N 24.775°E / 60.163; 24.775
Country Finland
Municipality Espoo
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Greater Helsinki
Main District Suur-Tapiola
Inner District(s) Haukilahti
 • Total 3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Population (2015)[2]
 • Total 5,745
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
 • Finnish 80.3 %
 • Swedish 17.2 %
 • Other 2.5 %
Jobs 860

Haukilahti (Finnish) or Gäddvik (Swedish) is a mainly residential district in the city of Espoo, Finland.

Haukilahti is a quiet, peaceful district with lots of trees and park areas. Right across the road from the main residential area is the Toppelund forest, beyond which lies the seashore.

Name of Haukilahti can be translated as Bay of Pikes, and it refers to narrow bay at mouth of Gräsanoja stream.


Haukilahti is located between districts of Westend in the east, Matinkylä in the west and Niittykumpu in the north. South of Haukilahti is Miessaarenselkä, part of Gulf of Finland, which got its name from Miessaari island. Stream called Gräsanoja forms border of Haukilahti and Matinkylä, and it opens in Haukilahti harbour.[3]

Buildings in Haukilahti are a mixture of apartment blocks and lower houses: detached and row houses. The apartment blocks are by roads Mellstenin rantatie and Haukilahdenkatu, on hills Pitkänkallionmäki and Hauenkallionmäki and near border to Westend.[4] In 2012, there were 2854 homes in Haukilahti, 54 of which were built before 1960, majority or 1386 during 1960-1969, 673 in 1970-1979 and roughly 680 after 1979.[5]


There are two public beaches in Haukilahti. The eastern beach, in the Toppelund area, is smaller and quieter, and usually only visited by Haukilahtians. The western beach, in the Mellsten area, is larger and more popular. In 2015, readers of local newspaper voted it was the best beach in Espoo.[6] It has been named by students from the Helsinki University of Technology as the best beach for windsurfing in the entire capital area, and has a direct connection to the Mellsten harbour, which is home to 637 boats and four yacht clubs,[7] and includes two seaside cafés. Dogs are allowed to swim in a section of the beach.[8]

Haukilahti also has its own primary school[9] and Gymnasium,[10] a library [11] and a couple of pubs.

Ruins and archeological sites[edit]

Southwest of the present water tower has been a Bronze Age burial place.[12] There are remains of First world war fortifications in Toppelundinpuisto.[13] These were related to Krepost Sveaborg.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Espoon kaupunginosien pinta-alat". hri.fi (in Finnish). HRI. 2014-10-24. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Espoon asukasluku vuodenvaihteessa 2014 / 2015" (PDF). espoo.fi. p. 2 (in Finnish). Espoon Kaupunki. 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Haukilahti on Espoo map". Kartat Espoo. Espoo city. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Asemakaava". Kartat Espoo. Espoo city. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Espoon asunnot talotyypin ja valmistumisvuoden mukaan". Aluesarjat (in Finnish). Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Tässä on Espoon paras uimaranta". Länsiväylä (in Finnish). 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  7. ^ "Venesatamat" (in Finnish). espoo. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  8. ^ Beaches Espoo
  9. ^ Haukilahti School
  10. ^ http://www.haukilahdenlukio.fi/ (in Finnish)
  11. ^ Haukilahti Library
  12. ^ "Gäddvik Kasaberget". Kulttuuriympäristö (in Finnish). National Board of Antiquities. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  13. ^ "Tukikohta XXXIV:3 (Haukilahti)". Kulttuuriympäristö (in Finnish). National Board of Antiquities. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Haukilahti at Wikimedia Commons