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Saarijärvi (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑːriˌjærʋi]) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 9,406 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 1,422.72 square kilometres (549.32 sq mi) of which 170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 7.51 inhabitants per square kilometre (19.5/sq mi).

Saarijärvi
Town
Saarijärven kaupunki
Saarijärvi stad
Church of Saarijärvi
Church of Saarijärvi
Coat of arms of Saarijärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 62°42.3′N 025°15.5′E / 62.7050°N 25.2583°E / 62.7050; 25.2583Coordinates: 62°42.3′N 025°15.5′E / 62.7050°N 25.2583°E / 62.7050; 25.2583
Country Finland
RegionCentral Finland
Sub-regionSaarijärvi-Viitasaari sub-region
Charter1866
City rights1986
Government
 • Town managerTimo Rusanen
Area
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total1,422.72 km2 (549.32 sq mi)
 • Land1,251.93 km2 (483.37 sq mi)
 • Water170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi)
Area rank58th largest in Finland
Population
 (2019-01-31)[2]
 • Total9,406
 • Rank103rd largest in Finland
 • Density7.51/km2 (19.5/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99.4% (official)
 • Others0.6%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1415.7%
 • 15 to 6461.4%
 • 65 or older23%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20%
Websitewww.saarijarvi.fi

Neighbouring municipalities are Kannonkoski, Karstula, Multia, Soini, Uurainen, Ähtäri and Äänekoski.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The neighboring municipality of Pylkönmäki was consolidated to Saarijärvi on 1 January 2009.

There are all together 241 lakes in Saarijärvi. Biggest lakes are Pyhäjärvi, Summanen and Lake Saarijärvi.[6]

Saarijärvi is the home of Bonden Paavo (Finnish: Saarijärven Paavo) in the poem by Johan Ludvig Runeberg. Juho Hyytiäinen, the great grandfather of Pamela Anderson, left the village in 1908 emigrating to the American continent.

Sister citiesEdit

The following places are twinned with Saarijärvi:[7]

People born in SaarijärviEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. Cite error: The named reference "population_count" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  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. ^ "Saarijärvi (kunta)". Järviwiki. Finland's Environmental Administration. 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Ystävyyskuntatoiminta" (in Norwegian). City of Saarijärvi. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2012-06-01.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Saarijärvi at Wikimedia Commons