Kauhava is a town and municipality of Finland. It is part of the Southern Ostrobothnia region, 400 kilometres (250 mi) northwest of Helsinki and by the main railway from Helsinki to Oulu. The town has a population of 15,319 (31 December 2021)[2] and covers an area of 1,328.09 square kilometres (512.78 sq mi) of which 14.63 km2 (5.65 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 11.66 inhabitants per square kilometre (30.2/sq mi).

Kauhavan kaupunki
Kauhava stad
The Kauhava library
The Kauhava library
Coat of arms of Kauhava
Location of Kauhava in Finland
Location of Kauhava in Finland
Coordinates: 63°06′N 023°04′E / 63.100°N 23.067°E / 63.100; 23.067Coordinates: 63°06′N 023°04′E / 63.100°N 23.067°E / 63.100; 23.067
Country Finland
RegionSouthern Ostrobothnia
Sub-regionSeinäjoki sub-region
City rights1986
 • Town managerMarkku Lumio
 • Total1,328.09 km2 (512.78 sq mi)
 • Land1,313.74 km2 (507.24 sq mi)
 • Water14.63 km2 (5.65 sq mi)
 • Rank52nd largest in Finland
 • Total15,319
 • Rank72nd largest in Finland
 • Density11.66/km2 (30.2/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.8% (official)
 • Swedish0.5%
 • Others0.7%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1415.3%
 • 15 to 6455.4%
 • 65 or older29.4%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21.75%

The popular amusement park, PowerPark, is located in Alahärmä, Kauhava.[6]

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.


The surrounding country is flat and well suited to agriculture, alternating between fields and forests. The town probably takes its name from the small river which passes through it.


Kauhava was the home of the Finnish Training Air Wing from 1929 until the end of 2014.

The surrounding municipalities of Alahärmä, Kortesjärvi and Ylihärmä were consolidated with Kauhava on 1 January 2009.

Knife makingEdit

A traditional industry in Kauhava is knife making, and many Finns recognize the name of this small town because of knives made there. At one time, as many as five different knife-making enterprises were underway in the town, but today there is only one – Iisakki Järvenpää Oy, which has been making knives in Kauhava since 1879.

The puukko (one of the styles of Finnish knife) made in Kauhava are sometimes referred to as being in the Ostrobothnian style.

Each June sees the Kauhava International Knife Festival, lasting a couple of days and including knife exhibitions, knife making and knife throwing.


As with many Finnish localities, there are museums in Kauhava (Kauhava-Seura). One in the center of town features both the knifemaking tradition as well as the local textiles. An out-of-place fishing lure is one interesting feature of this museum. Another museum on the outskirts of Kauhava features the 19th century home and farm of Iisakin Jussi. It provides a view of late 19th century life in Western Finland. The Iisakin Jussi House is not open during the winter months.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Kauhava is twinned with:

See alsoEdit


  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, 2021M01*-2021M12*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  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. ^ PowerPark - Official website in English

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kauhava at Wikimedia Commons