Location of Suolahti in Finland
|Merged into Äänekoski||2007|
|• Total||67.48 km2 (26.05 sq mi)|
|• Land||57.73 km2 (22.29 sq mi)|
|• Water||9.75 km2 (3.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||93.19/km2 (241.4/sq mi)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||16.36%|
|• 15 to 64||66.99%|
|• 65 or older||16.65%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Suolahti was a former town and municipality of Finland. It is located next to Lake Keitele in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. Suolahti consolidated to Äänekoski together with Sumiainen in 2007.
The first mentions of Suolahti are from the 16th century but the name became stable describing a population of 100-150 village residents in the end of the 19th century. The village before that was known as Paadentaipale. The opening of the railroad in 1898 industrialized Suolahti and increased the waterborne traffic on Keitele, for which Suolahti provided a railway harbour at its south end. The same year, a steam-mill started operating which was soon followed by other industrial facilities. This sped up population growth and urban development. In the first three decades of the 20th century, the population increased to two thousand. It gained town status in 1977.
Notable people from Suolahti
- Jack Smack, guitarist and backing vocalist of the Finnish rock band Private Line.
- Jaakko Kolmonen, popular TV-chef
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2006" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2006". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
Media related to Suolahti at Wikimedia Commons