Kaavi is located in the Northern Savonia.
Location of Kaavi in Finland
|Sub-region||Northeastern Savonia sub-region|
|• Municipal manager||Ari Sopanen|
|• Total||789.59 km2 (304.86 sq mi)|
|• Land||674.10 km2 (260.27 sq mi)|
|• Water||115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi)|
|Area rank||149th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||237th largest in Finland|
|• Density||4.74/km2 (12.3/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.3% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 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||20%|
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 3,193 (31 March 2016) and covers an area of 789.59 square kilometres (304.86 sq mi) of which 115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi) is water. The population density is 4.74 inhabitants per square kilometre (12.3/sq mi).
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Origin of the name
In language of Sami (also spelled Sámi or Saami) the word kaavi means a boat harbour.
Kaavi is situated in Lakeland of Eastern Finland.
Distances from the municipal centre of Kaavi
- Kuopio 60 km
- Joensuu 90 km
- Helsinki 450 km
- Petrozavodsk (Russia) 435 km
- Saint Petersburg (Russia) 450 km
The nearest airports
The nearest railway stations
The nearest border crossing point (Finland/Russia)
- Niirala 162 km
- shipping routes from the Baltic Sea via Saimaa Canal and lake Saimaa up to lake Rikkavesi and lake Kaavinjärvi
- boat harbours in Kaavi, Luikonlahti and Melttusvirta, landing site in Mönkkössaari island
The nearest deep water harbours
Sights and activities
- Telkkämäki Nature Reserve (Heritage Farm)
- Juutila Foundry Museum (the only sand casting museum in the Nordic countries, foundry since 1881)
- Maarianrinteet Ski Centre
- Vaikkojoki River; shooting the rapids, fishing, hiking, canoeing
- Kaavi Blues Festival in June
- summertheatres in Luikonlahti and Maarianvaara
- Kaavi Church
- Orthodox Chapel in Luikonlahti
Diamond exploration in Kaavi
The Finnish-Australian mining company Malmikaivos Oy found diamonds from bedrock of Kaavi in 1990's. One of the stones from the kimberilite of Kaavi (Lahtojoki deposit) has record high amount of diamonds.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "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.
- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Diamond rush expected in Finnish Karelia
- Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, 14 February 2006
- Suomen kuntien ystävyyskunnat Virossa
Media related to Kaavi at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipality of Kaavi – Official website