Laihia (Swedish: Laihela) is a municipality of Finland, founded in 1576 through a separation from Isokyrö and Korsholm.


Laihian kunta
Laihela kommun
Coat of arms of Laihia
Coat of arms
Location of Laihia in Finland
Location of Laihia in Finland
Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 022°00.5′E / 62.9750°N 22.0083°E / 62.9750; 22.0083Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 022°00.5′E / 62.9750°N 22.0083°E / 62.9750; 22.0083
Country Finland
Sub-regionKyrönmaa sub-region
 • Municipal managerJuha Rikala
 • Total508.44 km2 (196.31 sq mi)
 • Land504.24 km2 (194.69 sq mi)
 • Water4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi)
Area rank172nd largest in Finland
 • Total8,079
 • Rank126th largest in Finland
 • Density16.02/km2 (41.5/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.3% (official)
 • Swedish1%
 • Others0.6%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1418%
 • 15 to 6464.7%
 • 65 or older17.3%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]19.5%

It is located in the Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 8,079 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 508.44 square kilometres (196.31 sq mi) of which 4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 16.02 inhabitants per square kilometre (41.5/sq mi). Laihia consists of 37 villages.

Laihia is within the economical region of the neighbouring city Vaasa. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Only 79 people speak Swedish as a native language. Most inhabitants speak Finnish or a dialect typical of this region.[6] The municipal manager is Juha Rikala. There are a total of 469 farms in the municipality.[citation needed].

Laihia is located along the international tourist route Blue Highway, which goes from Norway to Russia via Sweden and Finland.


In Finland, Laihians are renowned for their stinginess (Finnish: nuukuus, saituus, itaruus, piheys or kitsaus) and there are hundreds of jokes told about them. However, Laihians are not usually offended by it. To the contrary, they are proud of their frugality and even have a Museum of Stinginess (Nuukuuren museo).[7] In any case, Laihia has high-level public services for education, health, sports, seniors etc.

Notable peopleEdit


The most co|mon surnames in Laihia and their frequencies as of 2014:[9]


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  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 and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Laihia Municipality in Finland / Further information about the population structure". 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Jokelainen, Jarkko (6 July 2016). "Amerikkalaisyhtye Blink-182:n riveissä on pohjalaisverta – "Toivon todella, että esiinnymme Suomessa ensi kesänä"". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sanoma. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  9. ^ Most common surnames in Laihia

External linksEdit

  Media related to Laihia at Wikimedia Commons