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Saarijärven kaupunki
Church of Saarijärvi
Church of Saarijärvi
Coat of arms of Saarijärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 62°42.3′N 025°15.5′E / 62.7050°N 25.2583°E / 62.7050; 25.2583Coordinates: 62°42.3′N 025°15.5′E / 62.7050°N 25.2583°E / 62.7050; 25.2583
Country  Finland
Region Central Finland
Sub-region Saarijärvi-Viitasaari sub-region
Charter 1866
City rights 1986
 • Town manager Timo Rusanen
Area (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,422.72 km2 (549.32 sq mi)
 • Land 1,251.93 km2 (483.37 sq mi)
 • Water 170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi)
Area rank 58th largest in Finland
Population (2017-08-31)[2]
 • Total 9,646
 • Rank 103rd largest in Finland
 • Density 7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.4% (official)
 • Others 0.6%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 15.7%
 • 15 to 64 61.4%
 • 65 or older 23%
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%

Saarijärvi (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑːriˌjærʋi]) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 9,646 (31 August 2017)[2] and covers an area of 1,422.72 square kilometres (549.32 sq mi) of which 170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 7.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (20/sq mi).

Neighbouring municipalities are Kannonkoski, Karstula, Multia, Soini, Uurainen, Ähtäri and Äänekoski.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The neighboring municipality of Pylkönmäki was consolidated to Saarijärvi on 1 January 2009.

There are all together 241 lakes in Saarijärvi. Biggest lakes are Pyhäjärvi, Summanen and Lake Saarijärvi.[6]

Saarijärvi is the home of Bonden Paavo (Finnish: Saarijärven Paavo) in the poem by Johan Ludvig Runeberg. Juho Hyytiäinen, the great grandfather of Pamela Anderson, left the village in 1908 emigrating to the American continent.

Sister cities[edit]

The following places are twinned with Saarijärvi:[7]

People born in Saarijärvi[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2017" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 18 October 2017. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "population_count" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  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. ^ "Saarijärvi (kunta)". Järviwiki. Finland's Environmental Administration. 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Ystävyyskuntatoiminta" (in Norwegian). City of Saarijärvi. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2012-06-01.

External links[edit]

Media related to Saarijärvi at Wikimedia Commons