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Haapaveden kaupunki
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Haapavesi coat of arms Location of Haapavesi in Finland
Basic data
State : FinlandFinland Finland
Landscape : Northern Ostrobothnia
Administrative community : Siikalatva
Geographical location 64 ° 8 ′  N , 25 ° 22 ′  E Coordinates: 64 ° 8 ′  N , 25 ° 22 ′  E
Surface: 1,086.27 km²
of which land area: 1,049.70 km²
of which inland waterways: 36.57 km²
Residents : 6,854 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 6.5 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number : 071
Language (s) : Finnish
Website : www.haapavesi.fi

Haapavesi [ ˈhɑːpɑvɛsi ] is a small town with 6854 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018) in Finland . It is located around 500 kilometers north of the capital Helsinki in the province of Northern Ostrobothnia .

In addition to the parish village of Haapavesi, the city ​​includes the villages of Ainali, Aittokylä, Alasydänmaa, Humaloja, Karhukangas, Karsikas, Kytökylä, Leppioja, Metsonperä, Mieluskylä, Myllyperä, Ojakylä, Ollala, Salmenniemi, and Vatjitiniemiävi. The municipality of Haapavesi has existed since 1866 and was granted town charter in 1996. Haapavesi is the seat of the Siikalatva administrative community, which five other municipalities have joined. Politics is dominated by the Center Party , which has an absolute majority in the city parliament. Haapavesi has twinned cities with Älvsbyn (Sweden), Zatec (Czech Republic), Belomorsk (Russia) and Ridala (Estonia).

Haapavesi is best known in Finland as a stronghold of traditional kantele music; A folk festival is held annually in the city .

The area around Haapavesi is quite attractive compared to the otherwise intensively agricultural landscape of Österbotten and is interspersed with numerous lakes and swamps. Lake Ainali in particular impresses with its abundance of birds.

One of the main branches of business is peat cutting ; the Piipsanneva mining area is one of the largest in Europe. In recent times the city has tried to distinguish itself as a high-tech location. Haapavesi, with its grammar school and vocational college, is an important educational location for the region.

In Haapavesi there is a 327 meter high transmission mast for broadcasting VHF radio and television programs. It is one of the tallest structures in Finland.

Web links

Commons : Haapavesi  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish land surveying office): Suomen pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2010 . (PDF; 199 kB)
  2. Statistical Office Finland: Table 11ra - Key figures on population by region, 1990-2018