Padasjoki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈpɑdɑsˌjoki]) is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Päijänne Tavastia region. It is 53 kilometres (33 mi) from Padasjoki to Lahti and 65 kilometres (40 mi) to Heinola. The municipality has a population of 2,858 (31 March 2021)[2] and covers an area of 729.85 square kilometres (281.80 sq mi) of which 206.68 km2 (79.80 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 5.46 inhabitants per square kilometre (14.1/sq mi).

Padasjoen kunta
Padasjoki kommun
Coat of arms of Padasjoki
Location of Padasjoki in Finland
Location of Padasjoki in Finland
Coordinates: 61°21′N 025°16.5′E / 61.350°N 25.2750°E / 61.350; 25.2750Coordinates: 61°21′N 025°16.5′E / 61.350°N 25.2750°E / 61.350; 25.2750
Country Finland
RegionPäijänne Tavastia
Sub-regionLahti sub-region
 • Municipal managerHeikki Jaakkola
 • Total729.85 km2 (281.80 sq mi)
 • Land523.19 km2 (202.00 sq mi)
 • Water206.68 km2 (79.80 sq mi)
Area rank167th largest in Finland
 • Total2,858
 • Rank226th largest in Finland
 • Density5.46/km2 (14.1/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.9% (official)
 • Swedish0.3%
 • Others0.7%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1410%
 • 15 to 6448.7%
 • 65 or older41.3%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21%

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Padasjoki is known as a summer cottage municipality. By number, it has more holiday homes than permanent residents.


The earliest information on the administrative parish of Padasjoki is from 1442. Most of the villages of Padasjoki date from the Middle Ages, being mentioned in sources from the 15th century.[6]

In 2020, Padasjoki was the setting of a video and choral tribute by the YL Male Voice Choir to the song Pohjois-Karjala, by Leevi and the Leavings and Gösta Sundqvist.[7] The video, seen over 100,000 times in a single day, credits the city of Padasjoki as well as some local businesses and features several rural views including a farm, swamps, a wooden bus stop, a barber shop and a Matkahuolto station with a visible "Padasjoki" sign.[8]

Sights and eventsEdit

In February, Padasjoki hosts 7.5 km long annual full moon skiing event and competition on the frozen Lake Päijänne. In March there is another skiing event on Lake Päijänne called Postihiihto. Week before midsummer it's time for annual nude run event Nakukymppi held in Vesijako village. During the first weekend of July Sahtimarkkinat a home-brewed beer market is held in Padasjoki village centre. The Padasjoki Marina also loans itself every second year as the starting point for a sailing competition (Päijännepurjehdus).


  • Enni Ids Cabin
  • The Granary Museum
  • The Palsa Mill Museum
  • The Torittu Village Smithy Museum


  • Gallery Pikantti
  • Ala-Savi’s Art
  • Ars Arrakoski
  • Ars Auttoinen


Tuomastornit observation towers


  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*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  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. ^ "Päijät-Hämeen Museomatka :: Padasjoki". Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  7. ^ "Pohjois-Karjala -musiikkivideo – Koe upea sovitus yhdessä idyllisen maalaismaiseman kanssa". 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  8. ^ "Legendaarisen mieskuoron tulkinta Leevi and the Leavingsin superhitistä sykähdyttää somessa: "Eeppinen kokonaisuus"". Ilta-Sanomat. 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2020-11-08.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Padasjoki at Wikimedia Commons