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Iisalmen kaupunki
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Coat of arms of Iisalmi Location of Iisalmi in Finland
Basic data
State : FinlandFinland Finland
Landscape : North Savo
Administrative community : Obersavo
Geographical location 63 ° 34 ′  N , 27 ° 11 ′  E Coordinates: 63 ° 34 ′  N , 27 ° 11 ′  E
Surface: 872.14 km²
of which land area: 762.93 km²
of which inland waterways: 109.21 km²
Residents : 21,472 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 28.1 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number : 140
Language (s) : Finnish
Website : iisalmi.fi

Iisalmi [ ˈiːsɑlmi ] ( Swedish Idensalmi ) [ ˈiːdɛnsalmi ] is a city in eastern Finland . It is located in the north of the Savo region and has 21,472 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018).


Iisalmi lies in the north of the North Savo region . The city is the center of the Obersavo ( Ylä-Savo ) region, which occupies the northernmost part of the historic Savo landscape . Neighboring communities of Iisalmi are Vieremä in the north, Sonkajärvi in the northeast, Lapinlahti in the southeast, Kuopio in the south, Pielavesi in the southwest and Kiuruvesi in the northwest. The city center of Kuopio, the largest city in Eastern Finland, is 80 kilometers south and Kajaani 89 kilometers north. The distance to the capital Helsinki is 462 kilometers.

The city center of Iisalmi is on the shores of Lake Porovesi. In addition to the center, the urban area includes a fairly extensive area in the rural surroundings. Overall, Iisalmi has an area of ​​872.11 square kilometers, of which 109.22 square kilometers is covered by inland waters.


The parish of Iisalmi was founded in 1627 and initially comprised the whole of Obersavo with today's parishes of Iisalmi, Kiuruvesi, Lapinlahti, Sonkajärvi, Vieremä and Pielavesi. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the previously sparsely populated area experienced rapid population growth. As a result, Pielavesi in 1811, Lapinlahti in 1858 and Kiuruvesi in 1862 separated from Iisalmi as separate communities.

1860, the Senate decided the Grand Duchy of Finland , the foundation of the market town Iisalmi. In 1891 Tsar Alexander III awarded Iisalmi the town charter. The area around Iisalmi was meanwhile transferred to the rural community of Iisalmi in the course of the separation of the administration of the rural parishes from the church administration . The present-day communities Sonkajärvi and Vieremä originally also belonged to this, which only gained local independence in 1920 and 1921, respectively. At the beginning of 1970, the rural community Iisalmi was incorporated into the city of Iisalmi.


Municipal council

The strongest political force in Iisalmi is the Center Party . She received more than a third of the vote in the 2012 local elections. In the city council, the highest decision-making body in local affairs, it has 15 of 43 deputies. The country's two other major parties, the National Collection Party and Social Democrats, play a smaller role than in other regions of Finland, with six and eight seats respectively on the city council. In contrast, the left-wing alliance, with seven seats, is well represented compared to the national average. Also represented on the city council are the Green Bund with three members, the right-wing populist True Finns and the Christian Democrats with two members each. Jarmo Ronkainen has been mayor of Iisalmi since 2013.

Composition of the city council since 2017
Political party Election result 2017 Seats
Center Party 32.5% (−1.8) 15 (−1)
Social democrats 18.4% (+5.9) 8 (+3)
Left alliance 15.2% (+0.4) 7 (+1)
National rally party 15.0% (−2.3) 6 (−2)
Green covenant 7.9% (+1.6) 3 (+1)
True Finns 6.3% (−4.0) 2 (−2)
Christian Democrats 4.7% (+0.2) 2 (± 0)

Town twinning

Iisalmi is officially twinned with Notodden in Norway, Nyköping in Sweden, Guldborgsund in Denmark, Kirischi in Russia and Pécel in Hungary. There is also an unofficial city partnership with the Estonian city of Võru and a cooperation agreement with the German district of Lüneburg .

coat of arms

The coat of arms of Iisalmi

The Iisalmi coat of arms has been in use in its current form since 1963. It was designed by Ahti Hammar and replaced a similar but heraldically incorrect coat of arms from 1894. The blazon of the coat of arms reads: “The shield is divided from black into gold in a wave cut. In the upper field maintains a taut bow, all in gold, crossed the lower field two Zimmeräxte and around the shanks of Four Roses 1: 2. 1 set, all in black " . The arch is traditionally the heraldic symbol of the Savo landscape, while the wavy line refers to Iisalmi's location on the water.

Economy and Infrastructure


The Iisalmi train station

Iisalmi is on State Road 5 , one of the most important north-south connections in the country. The European route 63 follows its course. In the area of ​​the city center, the state road 27 branches off in a westerly direction to Kalajoki and the main road 88 to Raahe , in an easterly direction the main road 87 leads to Nurmes .

Iisalmi Railway Station is an important railway junction. Iisalmi is the end point of the upcoming Savo Railway . In Iisalmi, this railway line , which comes from Kouvola in southern Finland , branches off into one line to Ylivieska in the northwest and one to Kontiomäki in the north .

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish Land Surveyors): Suomen pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2010 . (PDF; 199 kB)
  2. Statistical Office Finland: Table 11ra - Key figures on population by region, 1990-2018
  3. Finnish Ministry of Justice: Result of the 2017 local elections
  4. Website of the city of Iisalmi: Kaupungin vaakuna  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Finnish)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.iisalmi.fi