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Location Suomussalmi, Kainuu
Coordinates 65°01′N 29°06′E / 65.017°N 29.100°E / 65.017; 29.100Coordinates: 65°01′N 29°06′E / 65.017°N 29.100°E / 65.017; 29.100
Primary inflows river Hossanjoki, river Pesiönjoki from the lake Pesiöjärvi
Primary outflows Emäjoki river, Aittokoski power station
Catchment area Oulujoki
Basin countries Finland
Max. length 50 km (31 mi)
Surface area 187.933 km2 (72.561 sq mi)
Average depth 7.37 m (24.2 ft)
Max. depth 43 m (141 ft)
Water volume 1.385 km3 (1,123,000 acre·ft)
Shore length1 527.719 km (327.909 mi)
Surface elevation 199.3 m (654 ft)
Frozen November–May
Islands 144 islands, biggest Salonsaari (2.71 km2)
Settlements Suomussalmi
References [1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Kiantajärvi is a rather large lake in the Oulujoki main catchment area. It is located in Suomussalmi municipality, in the region Kainuu, Finland. It is the 24th biggest lake in Finland.[1] The lake is narrow and 50 km long in north–south direction. It player a significant role in the Battle of Suomussalmi during the Winter War in December 1939. Kiantajärvi is also known of the author Ilmari Kianto, who had his home named Turjanlinna on the shore of Niskaselkä open area. The author´s grave is situated in Niettussaari island near his home.