Coordinates: 62°37.3′N 026°50′E / 62.6217°N 26.833°E / 62.6217; 26.833
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Rautalammin kunta
Rautalampi kommun
Coat of arms of Rautalampi
Location of Rautalampi in Finland
Location of Rautalampi in Finland
Coordinates: 62°37.3′N 026°50′E / 62.6217°N 26.833°E / 62.6217; 26.833
Country Finland
RegionNorthern Savonia
Sub-regionInner Savonia sub-region
 • Municipal managerRisto Niemelä
 • Total761.98 km2 (294.20 sq mi)
 • Land538.95 km2 (208.09 sq mi)
 • Water222.99 km2 (86.10 sq mi)
 • Rank161st largest in Finland
 • Total2,932
 • Rank219th largest in Finland
 • Density5.44/km2 (14.1/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish97.2% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others2.7%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1412.1%
 • 15 to 6451.9%
 • 65 or older36.1%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)

Rautalampi is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the Northern Savonia region. The municipality has a population of 2,932 (30 September 2023)[2] and covers an area of 761.98 square kilometres (294.20 sq mi) of which 222.99 km2 (86.10 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 5.44 inhabitants per square kilometre (14.1/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Neighbouring municipalities are Hankasalmi, Konnevesi, Pieksämäki, Suonenjoki, Tervo and Vesanto. The distance from Rautalampi to Kuopio is about 70 kilometers.


The name of the municipality means "iron pond", which is also why the coat of arms of the municipality features the symbol of iron.


The administrative division of Rautalampi. The thinner red borders represent the fourths.
Illustration of Rautalampi in Finland framstäldt i teckningar edited by Zacharias Topelius and published 1845–1852.

The village was first mentioned in 1549, when it was a part of the parish (pitäjä) of Sysmä. Even though Rautalampi was a part of Tavastia, most of its settlers were Savonians who came to the area in the 16th century. The oldest documents (1552-1554) on Rautalampi only mention 22 Tavastian settlers in the area, while there were 57 Savonian settlers.[6] The parish (pitäjä) of Rautalampi was established in 1561. It was a large parish which included parts of 27 modern municipalities, most of them in the modern region of Central Finland.[7][8]

Administratively Rautalampi was divided into three divisions (despite their amount, called "fourths"):

Not too long after the establishment of the parish, most likely in 1563, the divisions were renamed: Keitele became Kymi, Konnevesi became Rautalampi and Saraavesi became Pernasalo. The Kymi fourth was later renamed to Kivijärvi in 1617. The territories of the fourths did not change until the fourths were abolished entirely in 1684.[9]

The first ecclesiastical division of the Rautalampi parish happened when Laukaa became separate in 1628, while the last division was the separation of Konnevesi in 1919 (administratively slightly later in 1922).[7]

National park[edit]

Southern Konnevesi National Park was established in 2014. It is known for its prehistoric rock paintings.[10]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Preliminary population statistics 2023, September". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 26 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Demographic Structure by area as of 31 December 2022". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  4. ^ "Population according to age (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003–2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  6. ^ "VII MUUTTO VIERAISIIN MAAKUNTIIN - Savon historia". savonhistoria.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "SuomalainenPaikannimikirja_e-kirja_kuvallinen.pdf" (PDF). kaino.kotus.fi (in Finnish). p. 373. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "Kun Keski-Suomi oli Rautalampi - Rautalampi.fi". rautalampi.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  9. ^ Jalkanen, Kaarlo Jonathan (1900). Rautalammin vanhan hallintopitäjän historia (in Finnish) (2010 ed.). Jyväskylä: SKS. p. 104. ISBN 978-952-222-221-3.
  10. ^ "Natural Features and History Of Southern Konnevesi National Park". Metsähallitus. 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  11. ^ "John Mortonin syntyperä syynissä Rautalammilla". yle.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved November 8, 2022.

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