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Siilinjärven kunta
Siilinjärvi kommun
Siilinjärvi church
Siilinjärvi church
Coat of arms of Siilinjärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Siilinjärvi in Finland
Location of Siilinjärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 63°04.5′N 027°39.5′E / 63.0750°N 27.6583°E / 63.0750; 27.6583Coordinates: 63°04.5′N 027°39.5′E / 63.0750°N 27.6583°E / 63.0750; 27.6583
Country Finland
RegionNorthern Savonia
Sub-regionKuopio sub-region
 • Municipal managerVesa Lötjönen
 • Total507.81 km2 (196.07 sq mi)
 • Land400.96 km2 (154.81 sq mi)
 • Water106.85 km2 (41.26 sq mi)
Area rank203rd largest in Finland
 • Total21,282
 • Rank48th largest in Finland
 • Density53.08/km2 (137.5/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99.2% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others0.7%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1419.4%
 • 15 to 6459.3%
 • 65 or older21.3%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]22%

Siilinjärvi (Finnish: [ˈs̠iːlinˌjærʋi]) is a municipality of Finland. It is located in Northern Savonia, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the city of Kuopio, which largely surrounds Siilinjärvi. Another neighbour municipality with Kuopio is Lapinlahti. The name, in Finnish, apparently translates literally as "Hedgehog's Lake", although its etymology actually stems from a Sámi word meaning winter dwelling.[6] Lakes are essential part of the geography of Siilinjärvi. There are 123 lakes, and the biggest of them are Kallavesi and Juurusvesi–Akonvesi. Water area is 106.85 km2, which is 21% of the whole area of Siilinjärvi.[7]

The median age is relatively low; 23% of the population are under 15 years old. The main sources of income are services and industry. Siilinjärvi has eleven elementary schools and two secondary schools (one is located in Suininlahti and one downtown). One of the most important employers in Siilinjärvi is Siilinjärvi apatite mine owned by Yara International.[8] Another big employer is Lujabetoni.

The airport of Kuopio is located in the village of Rissala in Siilinjärvi along the Highway 9. The airport is also the home of the Karelian Air Command and the 31st Squadron of the Finnish Air Force.

Siilinjärvi is the birthplace of politician and former prime minister of Finland and European Commissioner Jyrki Katainen.

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Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Siilinjärvi is twinned with:

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A panoramic view over Siilinjärvi town centre in winter.


  1. ^ "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  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 (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. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Siilinjärvi-nimen tausta" [Etymology of the name Siilinjärvi]. (in Finnish). Institute for the Languages of Finland. Retrieved 3 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Lakes of Siilinjärvi. Järviwiki Web Service. Retrieved 2014-03-16. (in English)
  8. ^ "Yara kjøper gruveavfall – foredles til råstoff". Teknisk Ukeblad. Retrieved 2 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Siilinjärvi at Wikimedia Commons