Juva (Swedish: Juva, also Jockas) is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the Southern Savonia region some 270 kilometres (170 mi) North-East of Helsinki. It was founded on 19 January 1442, and is the oldest parish/municipality in Finland whose exact date of birth is known. At the time, it was only the second parish in Eastern Finland, and later, several other parishes were separated from it, such as Sääminki, (present-day Savonlinna), Kuopio, Iisalmi, Pieksämäki, Joroinen, Leppävirta, Siilinjärvi, Lapinlahti and Maaninka. Secular municipal administration was established in 1868.[5]

Juvan kunta
Juva kommun
Juva Church
Juva Church
Coat of arms of Juva
Location of Juva in Finland
Location of Juva in Finland
Coordinates: 61°54′N 027°51′E / 61.900°N 27.850°E / 61.900; 27.850
Country Finland
RegionSouthern Savonia
Sub-regionPieksämäki sub-region
 • Municipal managerMervi Simoska
 • Total1,345.69 km2 (519.57 sq mi)
 • Land1,163.37 km2 (449.18 sq mi)
 • Water182.32 km2 (70.39 sq mi)
 • Rank62nd largest in Finland
 • Total5,734
 • Rank157th largest in Finland
 • Density4.93/km2 (12.8/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish95.8% (official)
 • Swedish0.2%
 • Others3.9%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1411.4%
 • 15 to 6452.1%
 • 65 or older36.5%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)

The municipality has a population of 5,734 (31 December 2023)[2] and covers an area of 1,345.69 square kilometres (519.57 sq mi) of which 182.32 km2 (70.39 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 4.93 inhabitants per square kilometre (12.8/sq mi). It is mainly an agricultural community, but possesses also some industries, wood industries products making Sisuwood/Is-vet Oy and Viitakosken Puu Oy, prefabricated food making Kruununherkku, bakery products making Siiskonen.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Lake Jukajärvi is located near Juva municipality center and Juva is connected to the sea through the Saimaa-Canals in south of Juva located Lake Luonteri which is part areas of Lake Saimaa.



Juva is known to be the place of origin of the industrial metal band Ruoska.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Population growth biggest in nearly 70 years". Population structure. Statistics Finland. 26 April 2024. ISSN 1797-5395. Retrieved 29 April 2024.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ a b "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  5. ^ Niiranen, Esko (17 September 2007). "Pitkä historia" (in Finnish). Municipality of Juva. Retrieved 7 April 2009.

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