Riihimäki railway station
Location of Riihimäki in Finland
|• City manager||Seppo Keskiruokanen|
|• Total||125.56 km2 (48.48 sq mi)|
|• Land||121.02 km2 (46.73 sq mi)|
|• Water||4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi)|
|Area rank||325th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||37th largest in Finland|
|• Density||242.78/km2 (628.8/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||97% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||17.2%|
|• 15 to 64||66.8%|
|• 65 or older||16%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.75%|
Riihimäki (literally "Drying barn hill") is a town and municipality in the south of Finland, about 69 kilometres (43 mi) north of Helsinki and 109 kilometres (68 miles) southeast of Tampere. An important railway junction is located in Riihimäki, railway tracks go to Helsinki, Tampere and Lahti from there. Würth Oy has its Finnish Headquarters and logistics center in Riihimäki. Valio has a major dairy in Herajoki part of Riihimäki. Famous Sako rifles are produced in Riihimäki.
Finland's highest flagpole is located in Riihimäki.
The town is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Tavastia Proper region. The town has a population of 29,381 (30 November 2014) and covers an area of 125.56 square kilometres (48.48 sq mi) of which 4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi) is water. The population density is 242.78 inhabitants per square kilometre (628.8/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Riihimäki was established around the Riihimäki railway station, one of the original stations on the Helsinki–Hämeenlinna track (main railway track of Finland). It became the first railway junction in Finland when the Riihimäki – Saint Petersburg track's first section from Riihimäki to Lahti was opened in 1869. Gradually, the town grew around the station.
In 1922, Riihimäki separated from Hausjärvi and became an independent market-town. Riihimäki got its city rights in 1960. It was home to the reputed Riihimäki Glass company that remained in business from 1910 through 1990.
- Peltosaaren Nikkarit & Kiekko-Nikkarit (Ice hockey)
- Kolmoskori (Basketball)
- Riihimäen Ilves, formerly RIPS (Soccer)
- SC Top (Floorball)
- Cocks (Handball)
- Riihi-Pesis, formerly RPL (Pesäpallo)
- Riihimäen Kisko (Athletics)
- Riihimäen Uimaseura (Swimming)
- Renny Harlin, film director
- Ragnar Granit, physician who won the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine
- Jukka Jalonen, national ice hockey coach
- Janne Lahti, SM-liiga player
- Sami Lähteenmäki, SM-liiga player
- Sinikka Laine, writer
- Kari Tiainen, motorcycle enduro world champion
- Pekka Vasala, Olympic champion (1972) in the 1,500 metres
- Jussi Veikkanen, professional road racing cyclist.
- Jukka Vanninen, Veikkausliiga player FC Lahti
- Jann Wilde, musician, songwriter
Twin towns – Sister cities
Riihimäki is twinned with:
- Szolnok, Hungary
- Skedsmo, Norway
- Húsavik, Iceland
- Gus-Khrustalny, Russia
- Karlskoga, Sweden
- Aalborg, Denmark
- Bad Segeberg, Germany
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 30.11.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "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.
- "Aalborg Twin Towns". Europeprize.net. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
Media related to Riihimäki at Wikimedia Commons
- Town of Riihimäki – Official website
- Hyrinet – Hyvinkää–Riihimäki area portal
- Finnish Glass Museum - Riihimäki