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Lumijoen kunta
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Lumijoki Coat of Arms Location of Lumijoki in Finland
Basic data
State : FinlandFinland Finland
Landscape : Northern Ostrobothnia
Administrative community : Oulu
Geographical location 64 ° 50 ′  N , 25 ° 11 ′  E Coordinates: 64 ° 50 ′  N , 25 ° 11 ′  E
Surface: 290.32 km²
of which land area: 213.22 km²
of which inland waterways: 0.27 km²
of which sea area: 76.83 km²
Residents : 2,052 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 9.6 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number : 436
Language (s) : Finnish
Website :

Lumijoki [ ˈlumijɔki ] is a municipality in northwestern Finland.

It is halfway between the cities of Oulu and Raahe, around 40 km away, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia . The municipality has a coastline of around 38 km. The place is named after the Lumijoki River, the only Finnish river that flows in a west-east direction and yet flows into the Baltic Sea.

The first written mention of Lumijoki comes from 1496, when Russian troops sacked the place. For centuries the village belonged to the neighboring municipality Liminka , in 1867 it became an independent municipality. In addition to the church village Lumijoki, the community includes the places Hirvasniemi, Lapinkylä, Korvenkylä, Varjakka and Ylipää. Around a third of the population lives from agriculture, important employers are still the municipal administration, the wind power plant of the Lumituuli company , as well as some medium-sized industrial and service companies.

The place had its own church since the early 17th century, but it was demolished in 1814 and replaced by a larger building, but this burned down in 1882 after a lightning strike. The new church was built in 1886-90 according to plans by the architect John Lybeck and can accommodate around 1,000 people. The altar treasure includes a gilded communion chalice from 1751, which was stolen in 1783 and was considered lost until it was found again in 1918 by Finnish troops in White Karelia, Russia, during the Finnish campaigns to the east . In 1923 the chalice was given back to the parish.

Other sights include the drained mail steamboat HL Hailuoto in the fishing village of Varjakka, which operated between Oulu and the island of Hailuoto between 1920 and 1968 . Today it houses a café in summer.


Municipal council

The dominant political force in rural Lumijoki is the Center Party . In the 2012 local elections, she received a good two thirds of the votes and thus achieved one of her best results in Finland. It has 15 of 21 members of the local council. The conservative National Collection Party won two seats . The left-wing alliance of the right-wing populist True Finns received three mandates . The Social Democrats, on the other hand, like the Communist Party, which had previously been represented in the local council, did not even run for election.

Composition of the municipal council (2012-2015)
Political party 2012 election results Seats
Center Party 67.4% (−2.1) 15 (+3)
Left alliance 13.2% (+0.2) 3 (+1)
National rally party 11.5% (−0.5) 2 (± 0)
True Finns 7.9% (+7.9) 1 (+1)
Communist Party 0.0% (−5.6) 0 (−1)

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish land surveying office): Suomen pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2010 . (PDF file; 194 kB)
  2. Statistical Office Finland: Table 11ra - Key figures on population by region, 1990-2018
  3. Finnish Ministry of Justice: Results of the 2012 local elections