Juuka (Finnish: [ˈjuːkɑ]; Swedish: Juga) is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the North Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 4,332 (28 February 2023)[2] and covers an area of 1,846.58 square kilometres (712.97 sq mi) of which 344.78 km2 (133.12 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 2.88 inhabitants per square kilometre (7.5/sq mi).

Juuan kunta
Juga kommun
Juuka Church
Juuka Church
Coat of arms of Juuka
Location of Juuka in Finland
Location of Juuka in Finland
Coordinates: 63°14.5′N 029°15′E / 63.2417°N 29.250°E / 63.2417; 29.250
Country Finland
RegionNorth Karelia
Sub-regionPielinen Karelia sub-region
 • Municipal managerMarkus Hirvonen
 • Total1,846.58 km2 (712.97 sq mi)
 • Land1,501.79 km2 (579.84 sq mi)
 • Water344.78 km2 (133.12 sq mi)
 • Rank43rd largest in Finland
 • Total4,332
 • Rank184th largest in Finland
 • Density2.88/km2 (7.5/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.1% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others1.8%
Population by age
 • 0 to 149.7%
 • 15 to 6452.6%
 • 65 or older37.6%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.


Juuka as a whole consists of 20 villages. The large expanse of Juuka consists of:

  • Ahmovaara
  • Halivaara (Hali)
  • Juuka
  • Kannas
  • Kajoo
  • Kuhnusta
  • Larinsaari
  • Matara
  • Nunnanlahti
  • Paalasmaa
  • Petrovaara
  • Pihlajavaara
  • Polvela
  • Raholanvaara (Rahola)
  • Timovaara
  • Tuopanjoki
  • Vaikko
  • Vihtasuo
  • Vuokko

The neighboring municipalities of Juuka are Kuopio, Kaavi, Kontiolahti, Lieksa, Nurmes, Polvijärvi and Rautavaara. The former neighboring municipalities are the Nurmes rural municipality, which was annexed to Nurmes in 1973, Pielisjärvi, which was also connected to Lieksa in 1973, and Säyneinen, which was annexed to Juankoski in 1971; Juankoski, on the other hand, was connected to Kuopio in 2017.


Juuka means a river that flows through a lake[6] The village of Juuka dates back to the 16th century. In the late 19th century, settlements began to settle along the roads and shops were established by the banks of the Lake Pielinen.

The parish of Juuka was initially a prayer room separated from the parts of the parishes of Pielisjärvi and Nurmes, and its own parish from 1873. The present church was completed in the 1850s, but was preceded by two earlier churches.

Juuan ElliEdit

Ellinpäivät is a scenario where in four days different associations, communities and companies arrange events to each day. To get information about these events there is some space booked in a newspaper Vaarojen Sanomat. There is info and a timetable for the events. The board selects the people who are in charge of the scenario. Elli means a person that is the figurehead of the scenario and a new figurehead is chosen every year.

The events can be, for example, concerts, market events, the declaring of a new Elli and a new event called “Juuret Juuassa –ryhmän Rehvit”. The event is basically a car show. Many retro cars and their drivers. It's, for that reason, called a nowadays rally for the elder youngsters.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2022M01*-2023M02*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  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. ^ a b "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  6. ^ Matti Puoskari: Puu-Juuan raitilta, ISBN 951-96823-5-X, page 8 finnish

External linksEdit

  Media related to Juuka at Wikimedia Commons