Kivijärvi (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈkiʋiˌjærʋi]; literally "stone lake") is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 1,088 (31 December 2021)[2] and covers an area of 599.88 square kilometres (231.61 sq mi) of which 115.81 km2 (44.71 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 2.25 inhabitants per square kilometre (5.8/sq mi).

Kivijärven kunta
Kivijärvi kommun
Kivijärvi municipal office
Kivijärvi municipal office
Coat of arms of Kivijärvi
Location of Kivijärvi in Finland
Location of Kivijärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 63°07.2′N 025°04.5′E / 63.1200°N 25.0750°E / 63.1200; 25.0750Coordinates: 63°07.2′N 025°04.5′E / 63.1200°N 25.0750°E / 63.1200; 25.0750
Country Finland
RegionCentral Finland
Sub-regionSaarijärvi–Viitasaari sub-region
 • Municipal managerPekka Helppikangas
 • Total599.88 km2 (231.61 sq mi)
 • Land484.05 km2 (186.89 sq mi)
 • Water115.81 km2 (44.71 sq mi)
 • Rank178th largest in Finland
 • Total1,088
 • Rank292nd largest in Finland
 • Density2.25/km2 (5.8/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99.3% (official)
 • Others0.7%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1413.2%
 • 15 to 6448%
 • 65 or older38.8%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21.75%

Neighbouring municipalities are Kannonkoski, Karstula, Kinnula, Kyyjärvi, Perho and Viitasaari. The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

The municipal coat of arms of Kivijärvi is inspired by a folktale related to Kivijärvi's church. According to the story, the construction work of the first church building did not progress when all the work done during the day was mysteriously destroyed during the night. In that case, it was decided that the site of the church would be chosen by putting a rooster on the back of the lake to drift on top of the bottom log of the church, and where the rooster would land, the church of parish would be erected there. The coat of arms was designed by Gustaf von Numers and was approved for use on April 18, 1963.[6][7]


There are all together 89 lakes in Kivijärvi. Biggest lakes are Kivijärvi, Heitjärvi and Heikinjärvi.[8] Salamajärvi National Park is partly located in Kivijärvi.

Salamajärvi National Park


The toponym was first mentioned in 1554 as Kijuijerffuj ärmarch, referring to hunting grounds held by Tavastians. The village of Kivijärvi has existed at least since 1571, when it was a part of the large Rautalampi parish. It was transferred to the Viitasaari parish after its establishment in 1628. Kivijärvi became a chapel community in 1750 and fully independent from Viitasaari in 1864. Kinnula was separated from Kivijärvi in 1904, though it had had its own church since 1867. In 1934, parts of Kivijärvi and Viitasaari were separated in order to form the Kannonkoski municipality.[9]

Suomenselkä municipalityEdit

Kannonkoski, Karstula, Kivijärvi and Kyyjärvi planned to merge into the Suomenselkä municipality [fi] from January 1, 2022.[10][11] Karstula, Kivijärvi and Kyyjärvi accepted the merger proposal, but Kannonkoski did not.[12] After Kannonkoski left the planned merger, Kivijärvi also left it. Later, the merger project of the remaining Karstula and Kyyjärvi also failed at the Kyyjärvi municipal council meeting held on May 17, 2021, and the Ministry of Finance does not propose a forced merger either.[13]


Most common surnames and their frequencies in Kivijärvi as of 2014:[14]

  1. Kinnunen (1:18)
  2. Kotilainen (1:24)
  3. Hakkarainen (1:26)
  4. Leppänen (1:26)
  5. Kainulainen (1:29)
  6. Piispanen (1:33)
  7. Paananen (1:38)
  8. Hytönen (1:42)
  9. Holm (1:44)
  10. Puranen (1:46)

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, 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. ^ Suomen kunnallisvaakunat (in Finnish). Suomen Kunnallisliitto. 1982. ISBN 951-773-085-3.
  7. ^ "Suomen kuntavaakunat – Kivijärvi" (in Finnish). Suomen kuntaliitto. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  8. ^ "Kivijärvi". Järviwiki. Finland's Environmental Administration. 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  9. ^ "SuomalainenPaikannimikirja_e-kirja_kuvallinen.pdf" (PDF). (in Finnish). p. 168+163+134. Retrieved December 18, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Roiha, Marja (4 December 2020). "Pohjoisen Keski-Suomen uuden kunnan nimeksi Suomenselkä". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  11. ^ Kotilainen, Virpi (25 January 2021). "Kivijärvi kysyy asukkaiden mielipidettä kuntaliitoksesta". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  12. ^ Heikkilä, Eija (15 February 2021). "Neljän kunnan liitos ei toteudu – Kannonkoski hylkäsi kuntaliitoksen". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  13. ^ "Valtiovarainministeriö ei esitä Kyyjärven kunnan pakkoliitosta" (in Finnish). Ministry of Finance. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2022.
  14. ^ Most Common Surnames in Kivijärvi

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kivijärvi at Wikimedia Commons