The Strawberry Town
|Sub-region||Inner Savonia sub-region|
|• Town manager||Olavi Ruotsalainen|
|• Total||862.34 km2 (332.95 sq mi)|
|• Land||713.55 km2 (275.50 sq mi)|
|• Water||148.78 km2 (57.44 sq mi)|
|Area rank||119th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||134th largest in Finland|
|• Density||9.71/km2 (25.1/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||98.8% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||13%|
|• 15 to 64||54.4%|
|• 65 or older||32.6%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||21.75%|
Suonenjoki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsuo̯nenˌjoki]; literally means "vein's river") is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the Northern Savonia region, 50 kilometres (31 mi) southwest of the Kuopio city.
The town has a population of 6,931 (31 March 2021) and covers an area of 862.34 square kilometres (332.95 sq mi) of which 148.78 km2 (57.44 sq mi) is water. The population density is 9.71 inhabitants per square kilometre (25.1/sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Kuopio, Leppävirta, Pieksämäki, Rautalampi and Tervo.
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Suonenjoki is famous for its strawberries. It is also known as "the Strawberry Town". Many foreigners, mainly from Ukraine and Russia, come to Suonenjoki in summer to work on strawberry farms. That makes Suonenjoki the most international town of Finland at summer. There is a party in Suonenjoki in July called Mansikkakarnevaalit, "Strawberry Carnival". There was also a rock festival named Jörisrock, the last "Jöris" was held in 2006. Nowadays, "Jöris" has been replaced by a music event called Iisrock.
Newspaper Sisä-Savo is published in Suonenjoki and nearby municipalities.
Suonenjoki is thought to have served as a milestone in the Treaty of Nöteborg in 1323. In the 16th and 17th centuries, more and more people began to change in the area, and in the 18th century, a preacher room was established in Suonenjoki, then a chapel. In the current agglomeration, bridges over the river of Suonenjoki were built early, Kruunusilta (literally means "Crowns Bridge") already existed in 1780, and Siioninsilta (means "Zion Bridge") at the beginning of the river was replaced by a bridge in the 1830s.
When Suonenjoki gained municipal rights in 1865, the population was about 4,000. In the same year, Suonenjoki Church, the current church in Suonenjoki was completed, replacing the cramped first church built in the late 18th century. A railway station was built on Suonenjoki in connection with the completion of The Savonian Railway (also known as Kouvola–Iisalmi railway) in 1889. In the early 20th century, the sawmill industry became the most important industry in the area. Strawberry cultivation became more widespread from the 1940s, and Suonenjoki became known as "the Strawberry Town". The Suonenjoki co-educational school began operations in 1930, and it moved to the current high school building in 1950.
The neighbouring municipalities of Suonenjoki are Rautalampi in the west, Tervo and Karttula in the north, Kuopio in the east, Leppävirta in the southeast, and Pieksämäki in the south on the Southern Savonia side. Suonenjoki River flows through the town from Lake Suontee to Lake Iisvesi. Near the city center is the 10-kilometer-long and at most a couple of kilometers wide scenic Lintharju, which is also part of the European Union's Natura 2000 conservation program.
Herrala, Hulkkola, Jauhomäki, Karkkola, Kukkola, Kutumäki, Kutunkylä, Kuvansi, Käpylä, Kärkkäälä, Lempyy, Liedemäki, Luukkola, Lyytilänmäki, Markkala, Nuutila, Piispalanmäki, Pörölänmäki, Rajalanniemi, Rieponlahti, Sydänmaa, Toholahti, Tyyrinmäki, Vauhkola, Vehvilä, Viippero, Jalkala, Karsikonmäki, Suontee, Suihkola, Kolikkoinmäki, Kinnula
Suonenjoki is situated between two important cities, Kuopio and Jyväskylä, and the main road 9 (E63) between those cities goes through Suonenjoki. The railway between Kuopio and Helsinki goes also through the center of Suonenjoki.
Notable people from Suonenjoki
- Veijo Baltzar, author and visual artist
- Aatu Hämäläinen, ice hockey player
- Kalle Jalkanen, cross-country skier
- Erkki Junkkarinen, singer
- Lauri Kerminen, volleyball player
- Rakel Liekki, freelance journalist and former pornstar
- Rauno Miettinen, Nordic combined skier
- Iiro Pakarinen, ice hockey player in NHL
- Markku Rossi, politician
- Liisa Suihkonen, cross-country skier
- Kari Tapio, country & western and schlager singer
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- Kutvonen (in Finnish)
- Suonenjoen mansikka 100 vuotta: kaikki alkoi kansakoulunopettaja Leskisen 12 taimesta (in Finnish)
- The Suonenjoki Strawberry Carnival
- About Suonenjoki
- President Niinistö on virtual visits to Suonenjoki and Seinäjoki: Municipalities have shown their ability to respond and adapt
- Visit Suonenjoki
- Suonenjoen keskustan ja Iisveden kulttuuriympäristö (in Finnish)
- Suonenjoen lukio: Koulun historiaa (in Finnish)
- VisitSavo - Luonto (in Finnish)
- Lintharjun ulkoilualue - Suonenjoki (in Finnish)
Media related to Suonenjoki at Wikimedia Commons