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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
Region Northern Savonia
Sub-region Northeastern Savonia sub-region
Charter 1875
 • Municipal manager Ari Sopanen
Area (2016-01-01)[1]
 • Total 674.02 km2 (260.24 sq mi)
 • Land 674.10 km2 (260.27 sq mi)
 • Water 115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi)
Area rank 126th largest in Finland
Population (2017-08-31)[2]
 • Total 3,088
 • Rank 225th largest in Finland
 • Density 4.58/km2 (11.9/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.3% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 0.6%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 15.2%
 • 15 to 64 59.3%
 • 65 or older 25.5%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.kaavi.fi

Kaavi is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. Kaavi is also a part of historical Karelia. The municipality has a population of 3,088 (31 August 2017)[2] and covers an area of 674.02 square kilometres (260.24 sq mi) of which 115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 4.58 inhabitants per square kilometre (11.9/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]


  • Isto Hiltunen, musician
  • Matti Koivunen, ice hockey player
  • Seppo Kononen, journalist, had award 2011 (Suomen kuvalehti)
  • Hugo Niskanen, runner
  • Mira Salo, Miss Finland


  1. ^ a b "Population density by area 1.1.2016". Statistics Finland. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2017" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  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

Further reading[edit]

Koillis-Savo (newspaper)

External links[edit]

Media related to Kaavi at Wikimedia Commons