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Kaavin kunta
Kaavi is located in the Northern Savonia.
Kaavi is located in the Northern Savonia.
Coat of arms of Kaavi
Coat of arms
Location of Kaavi in Finland
Location of Kaavi in Finland
Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 028°29′E / 62.9750°N 28.483°E / 62.9750; 28.483Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 028°29′E / 62.9750°N 28.483°E / 62.9750; 28.483
Country Finland
RegionNorthern Savonia
Sub-regionNortheastern Savonia sub-region
 • Municipal managerAri Sopanen
 • Total789.59 km2 (304.86 sq mi)
 • Land674.10 km2 (260.27 sq mi)
 • Water115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi)
Area rank126th largest in Finland
 • Total3,026
 • Rank225th largest in Finland
 • Density4.49/km2 (11.6/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99.3% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others0.6%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1415.2%
 • 15 to 6459.3%
 • 65 or older25.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20%

Kaavi is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the Northern Savonia region. Kaavi is also a part of historical Karelia. The municipality has a population of 3,026 (31 August 2018)[2] and covers an area of 789.59 square kilometres (304.86 sq mi) of which 115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 4.49 inhabitants per square kilometre (11.6/sq mi). There is 60 km to Kuopio and 90 km to Joensuu. Neighbouring municipalities are Kuopio, Juuka, Outokumpu, Polvijärvi and Tuusniemi.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Origin of the name[edit]

In language of Sami (also spelled Sámi or Saami) the word kaavi means a boat harbour.


Lakes and rivers[edit]

There is 261 lakes, example Rikkavesi, Kaavinjärvi, Saarijärvi, Rauvanjärvi and Sivakkajärvi. Rivers, example Rauvanjoki, Sivakkajoki, Syrjäjoki and Vaikkojoki.



86 swamps covers about 8% about municipalitys area. Swamps shape is typically small, narrow and broken because those have formed betveen hills.


At Kaavi's bedrock have been founded many minerals, example copper, zinc and cobalt.

The Finnish-Australian mining company Malmikaivos Oy found diamonds from bedrock of Kaavi in 1990's.[6] One of the stones from the kimberilite of Kaavi (Lahtojoki deposit) has record high amount of diamonds.[7]

Under planning is to establish first diamondmine in Europe.

Sights and activities[edit]

Twin towns[edit]



The most common surnames in Kaavi and their frequencies as of 2014:[9]


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku kuukausittain sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2018" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  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. ^ Diamond rush expected in Finnish Karelia
  7. ^ Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, 14 February 2006
  8. ^ Suomen kuntien ystävyyskunnat Virossa
  9. ^ Most common surnames in Kaavi

Further reading[edit]

Koillis-Savo (newspaper)

External links[edit]

Media related to Kaavi at Wikimedia Commons