Sumiainen is a former municipality of Finland.

Former municipality
Sumiaisten kunta
Sumiais kommun
Sumiainen Church
Sumiainen Church
Coat of arms of Sumiainen
Location of Sumiainen in Finland
Location of Sumiainen in Finland
Coordinates: 62°39′25″N 26°02′50″E / 62.65694°N 26.04722°E / 62.65694; 26.04722Coordinates: 62°39′25″N 26°02′50″E / 62.65694°N 26.04722°E / 62.65694; 26.04722
RegionCentral Finland
Merged into Äänekoski2007
SeatSumiaisten kirkonkylä
 • Land229.58 km2 (88.64 sq mi)
 • Water78.77 km2 (30.41 sq mi)
 • Total1,303

It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. The municipality had a population of 1,293 (2003) and covered an area of 307.93 km2 of which 77.34 km2 is water. The population density was 5.6 inhabitants per km2.

Sumiainen consolidated to Äänekoski together with Suolahti in 2007.

The municipality was unilingually Finnish. The municipality was also known as "Sumiais" in Swedish. The Swedish name is now considered outdated according to the Institute for the Languages of Finland.[1]

The river Kuokanjoki is located to the south of the village, and is one of the world's shortest rivers.[2]


The toponym Sumiainen was first mentioned in 1442 as Sumiais, referring to the nearby lake. The settlement was established sometime in the 16th century, when it was a part of the Rautalampi parish. It became a part of the Laukaa parish after its establishment in 1628. Sumiainen was separated from Laukaa in 1868. It remained separate until 2007, when it was consolidated with Äänekoski together with Suolahti.[3]

People born in SumiainenEdit


  1. ^ Kotimaisten kielten tutkimuskeskus :: Kuntien nimet Archived 2011-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Sumiaisten kyläyhdistys". Retrieved 2022-04-11.
  3. ^ "SuomalainenPaikannimikirja_e-kirja_kuvallinen.pdf" (PDF). (in Finnish). p. 426. Retrieved December 23, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sumiainen at Wikimedia Commons